My kiddo does not know how to tie her shoes. She just turned five... I don't know if that is behind or not. Is she starting to read, yes. Can she do basic addition, she's getting there. Does she know what gravity is? Crazily, yes.
But she doesn't know how to do that basic skill of tying her shoes. So many of us focus on pushing our kids, getting them to be advanced in sports or dance or school stuff, sometimes we forget about the basics healthy habits, like learning snaps, dinner table 101, zipping up a coat.
With this stuff, as most things in life, it takes practice. It may take inventive thinking (games, silly songs, and so on), it could take a long time. And remember, for these skills, tap into a variety of teachers in your kid's world. Maybe Dad is the master instructor for tying shoes, while Grandma is the perfect guide for using a "big girl" cup.
And it takes patience. On our part, especially. Remind yourself to keep it fun and not to get frustrated when it takes 15 minutes longer in the morning to get out the door because he is tying his shoes. Take a deep breath and realize this is important. And it is not bad -- your son isn't dawdling on purpose. He's learning, he's trying these things out for the first time...the more you encourage him, keep him focused, the faster he will learn these skills.
What basic skills are your kids working on these days? How's it going?