Tying shoes is a challenging skill that requires motor planning and dexterity. A child should be independent with shoe tying by 7 years of age, but many children master this skill much earlier. When teaching shoe tying, it's a good idea to practice with a shoe that is placed just in front of the child, either on the floor or a table (rather than on their foot). Here is a video of one strategy that I frequently use with kids.
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