It’s Not All Mary Poppins

When the odds are 50-50 we should get it right half the time. Right?

wrongfeetChild sits on floor, one shoe on. The wrong foot. Of course. Why is it, with a 50-50 change of getting it right, they get it wrong a solid 80% of the time? It’s very weird.

“Oops! You’ve got that on the wrong foot.”

Child contemplates his/her feet, one shod, one bare.

“You need to put it on the other foot.”

Child lifts bare foot. “This one?”

Emma, walking by, offers a comment. “No, your OTHER other foot. Since you have three, and all.” (Emma, for purposes of clarification for new readers, is my youngest daughter, aged 16.)

I fix her with a mock glare. “Don’t muddy the waters, child. It’s complicated enough.”

“Apparently!” She trots off, giggling. Child looks at me, puzzled.

“I don’t gots mud on my feet.”

I look at the feet, now both shod. A shoe on each foot.

Both of them wrong.

July 22, 2009 - Posted by | Developmental stuff | , ,


  1. LMD always puts her shoes on the wrong feet – at 4 years old I am sure she can do it right if she tried! apparently she “likes them better that way”!!!!

    Comment by Juggling mother | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  2. Yeah, Jeffrey will shriek as if they’re killing him and never once realize that it’s because they’re on the wrong feet. Three year olds, what can you do?

    Comment by Dani | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  3. If we’re just in the house and it’s not bothering the kid, I just say “bravo, well done for putting them on yourself”. (Only until they’re nearing two years old. Then they need to learn.)

    Comment by Mwa | July 25, 2009 | Reply

  4. My grandaughter wore them backwards until she was about 8 or 9 and only switched if we insisted. She’s more than a little quirky and a special ed teacher I trust suggested it was a sensory thing-they probably really felt better that way. Maybe there are more kids like that.Anyhow, we’d help the day care kids by putting a piece of tape or a marker line on the inside curves and reminding them th make the curves kiss.

    Comment by jwg | July 25, 2009 | Reply

  5. Yeah, I truly couldn’t see or here the difference until I was almost 10, but tying shoes putting shirts on inside out were also a problem until that point. A red star on my right foot and a green star on my left worked for remembering my left from my right and putting them on correctly.

    Comment by meep | July 27, 2009 | Reply

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