Is it time to teach your tweens and teens how to tie a tie?
As a parent of a teenager, I’ve become even more aware of the many practical “grown-up” life skills for teens that 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.
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Why Bother Teaching Kids How to Tie a Tie
With men wearing fewer suits and ties, should young men even bother learning how to tie a tie anymore? In my opinion, yes. While it may not be a skill he uses daily, it is one that will come in handy throughout his life.
For some, it’s still a mark of sophistication.
Think about it, when he wears a suit to go on a job interview, gets dressed up for a significant event like a wedding, or wants to look nice for a special date, he will feel extra-confident if he can successfully tie his necktie. Whether it’s a standard tie or a bowtie.
It’s also a lesson that is often shared (passed down) between an adult and child, and creates a special moment between them.
And it’s not just a skill for boys. If your girls are interested in wearing a tie themselves or learning how to tie one on someone else, take the time to show them too.
Teaching How to Tie a Tie for Kids
So what’s the best way to teach your kids how to tie a necktie? Well, the obvious choice is for someone to teach them directly. Whether that’s dad, mom, grandpop, an older sibling, family friend, etc.
But what if no one’s available or the people in your home never learned how to tie a tie?
Luckily, you can turn to a number of online resources to help, like diagrams and videos.
How to Tie a Necktie – the Windsor Knot
When my son decided he wanted to learn how to tie a tie, my husband was away for work, and I never really mastered the technique of how to tie a necktie, so we both needed some guidance.
We looked online and found a Windsor knot diagram.
He went to dad’s closet, found a necktie to use, then attempted to follow the steps below for how to tie a classic Windsor knot.
I have to admit that it was a little challenging.
First, he tried just looking at the diagram, then tried while also looking in the mirror. After about 3 or 4 attempts, he asked if we could find a video that might help.
We found a YouTube channel that offered videos about how to tie 100+ necktie knots. He selected this classic Windsor knot video, which we watched several times and paused occasionally so he could practice as he followed along.
He got frustrated a few times when he didn’t follow the steps correctly, but he made some progress. He’s determined to keep practicing and will get some hands-on help when dad gets home.
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 tweens learn this life skill too.
While it’s easy to grab a tie from dad’s closet while your child is learning how to tie a tie, if your children are interested in wearing neckties, I would highly recommend getting some fun ones that fit their personalities and interests that they’ll want to show off.
Here are two for your Star Wars and Harry Potter fans.
Neckties and Accessories for Tweens & Teens
Additional Life Skills for Teens
Are you being intentional about teaching your teens the life skills they’ll need as adults? Here are some unique skills older kids can work on before leaving home.
- Help tweens master these communication skills.
- These board games will teach your kids various life skills and they’re probably not the ones you think.
- Show your kids how to build a connection to the earth and their food by planting an herb garden together.
- Let older kids see how to generate new ideas through the power of brainstorming.
I hope I’ve given you the encouragement to teach your older kids some unique life skills, like how to tie a tie.