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To think this isn't even In the same league?

(12 Posts)
WrappedInABlankie Sun 31-Jul-16 01:31:10

So just read an article that has the headline "British kids learn to switch on the tv before they can tie their shoelaces"

I mean pressing 1 button isn't the same as knots and loops really is it. confused

Euphemia Sun 31-Jul-16 07:46:27

Daft! Tying shoelaces is hard!

FiveFullFathoms Sun 31-Jul-16 07:48:06

How ridiculous. Of course they do. Turning on the TV consists of pressing a single button. Tying shoelaces involves much more dexterity.

TheDowagerCuntess Sun 31-Jul-16 07:50:07

😂 Shocker.


Lules Sun 31-Jul-16 07:51:38

I could read and write before I could tie my shoelaces. I think I did find it unusually hard though

BitchPerfect Sun 31-Jul-16 09:08:14

Most kids struggle to tie shoe laces because most shoes are Velcro.

Cookingongas Sun 31-Jul-16 09:11:53

We'll surely that's been the case for decades?!? If anything TVs are harder now to turn on than in the past. Still nowhere near as difficult as shoelaces!

Pardonwhat Sun 31-Jul-16 09:13:07


APotterWithAHappyAtmosphere Sun 31-Jul-16 09:13:35

Yep, DS worked out how to switch the TV on before he was 3 by pressing the button on the TV itself and has recently worked out the remote control (although not which channel CBeebies is grin ) - it's not indicative of how much TV he watches, it's just he's interested in how things work and it's a fairly simple thing to do.

He's also recently learnt to tie a knot in his dressing gown but will be a while before laces I think.

lljkk Sun 31-Jul-16 09:45:12

I was born in the 1960s & generally have good fine motor skills.
I couldn't tie my laces until I was 8yo, and I'm still terrible at it.
Don't understand using laces-tying as an important milestone at all.
Especially nowadays when most kid shoes are velcro. Even as an adult, I say who would ever choose laces if velcro shoes gave us all equally secure fit!

davos Sun 31-Jul-16 10:14:59

Dd could recognise the numbers 1-9 at 3. So he could easily press the to button and put 612 (Disney channel on). I would expect kids to know some numbers before they can tie their shoe laces.

Pressing an on button is something kids learn to do very young. Baby/toddler toys often have switched or buttons to press. Kids know they press that button and something happens. So they do it. They can learn this very young.

It's a ridiculous comparison to make.

davos Sun 31-Jul-16 10:15:16

Sorry Ds not Dd

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