Mum's genius hack for teaching kids to tie their shoelaces is going viral

Teach kids to tie their shoelaces with this mum's genius hack.
Teach kids to tie their shoelaces with this mum's genius hack. Photo: Getty Images

A Canadian mother's genius hack for teaching kids how to tie their shoelaces is going viral.

In a Facebook live video, which has now been viewed over 6 million times, Unstoppable Mother Kirsten Johnson, demonstrates "the world's easier way to teach someone how to tie their shoes."

Johnson's seven-year-old son Rylan then shows us the technique – something he mastered after experiencing frustration with the traditional "bunny ears" method.

In a comment on her video, the entrepreneur and mother-of-two noted that while her son is able to tie regular shoes now, "we did this to help kids with fine motor skill development and those with developmental delays."

Speaking to TODAY, Johnson admitted that the method wasn't ideal. "It's kind of awkward to untie them afterwards," she said, "but it's a great stepping stone."

"When kids have confidence, and they start telling themselves 'I can do it, I can do it,' all of a sudden the traditional ['bunny ears'] method will become so much easier...that's what I noticed with my son."

The video has struck a chord with parents - shared almost 120,000 times and garnering over 5,000 comments.

"My son has neurological disabilities and weak hands and has never been able to tie his shoes..... He just learned this in 2 tries!!! This is a godsend!!!" wrote one grateful mum.

"My daughter is 8 almost 9 and in gifted classes.....soooo smart but has never been able to tie her shoes. It was just a very difficult concept for her...this video changed everything!!!! THANK YOU!!!!" wrote another.


Not all comments have been supportive however, many critical of Johnson's method for "dumbing it down".

"Or we can just teach kids to learn to tie their shoes the way we were taught," wrote one commenter. "Why are we dumbing down things for kids? It will only equal the dumbing down of society!"

"Great if you are a child but what happens if you are an adult and can't tie shoe laces still," added another.

Addressing the criticism, Johnson reiterated that her method was "a great stepping stone", helping children build confidence so they could tackle the traditional method tear-free.

"My seven-year old is on cloud nine knowing the impact he's leaving with families and their children…all because of this video," she wrote.

What do you think of this method? Do you have any tips of your own?