Teaching Kids Life Skills: How to Tie a Necktie

Teaching Kids Life Skills: How to Tie a Necktie

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When did you learn how to tie a necktie?

As a parent of a teenager  I’ve become even more aware of the many practical “grown-up” life skills my children need to learn.  Recently, my son and I were looking at Pinterest for some interesting homeschool activities, when we came across a diagram with step-by-step instructions for tying more than a dozen different necktie knots.

My son looked at the diagram and then asked me –

“when am I going to learn how to tie a necktie?”

It seemed to both of us that now was as good a time as any to learn!

How to Tie a Windsor Knot

He went to Dad’s closet and found a necktie to use, then attempted to follow the directions on the diagram to learn this new skill.  It was a little challenging – first he tried just looking at the directions, then also looking in the mirror.

After about 3 or 4 attempts he asked if we could find a video that might help.  Dad was at work, and I had to admit that I never really mastered the technique of how to tie a necktie, so we both needed some guidance on this one.

It just so happens that the image we found on Pinterest was linked to a YouTube channel that offered videos about how to tie 100+ necktie knots.  He selected the video for the classic “Windsor Knot”.  We watched the video several times (pausing occasionally) for him to follow along and practice.

He did get frustrated a few times as he didn’t always follow the steps correctly, but he made some progress.  He is determined to keep practicing and he has also asked Dad for some hands-on help.The Etiquette Factory

As we have stated, one of our goals for 2014 here at Education Possible is to share ideas to help you teach useful life skills to your kids.  My son thought learning how to tie a necktie was pretty interesting so he asked me to share the resources he used so you can help your children learn this life skill too.  Have fun!

We would love to hear from you – what life skills have you been intentionally teaching your kids?


  1. It’s great that you are working on teaching your son life skills. That was always something I felt was lacking in my upbringing. I realised I couldn’t cook a meal when I went to study abroad, found myself living in a flat in Brussels, and having no idea how to actually make … anything. I learned very quickly, and I love cooking now, but I wish that my parents had spent more time encouraging me how to learn to take care of myself, especially with regards to finances. My husband and I are of course figuring these things out on our own, but a little background wouldn’t hurt, you know?

    My son is only 18 months old, but I’m already finding that I can really start teaching him life skills. We practice getting dressed. If I’m folding laundry, he usually grabs an article of his own clothing and tries to put it on. He also helps me hang laundry on our drying rack, take laundry out of the washing machine, cooking (mixing or adding ingredients, especially to doughs), and vacuuming. He loves the vacuum, so I let him have a go before finishing off the job. I hope he continues to show an interest in things like this as he gets older (even though I doubt it). I will however make sure that he knows how to take care of himself/a home/finances as he gets older.

  2. I admit that I don’t know how to tie a necktie either 🙂 I am so with you on teaching our kids useful life skills. Thanks for sharing with After School Link Up!


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