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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!
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.
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?