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By glowgirl from Watertown, WI
Determine which hand is dominant. In my daughter's case, she's a "rightie". So, I took her right shoe, drew a big red star on the inside of her shoe, right on top of the size number, where her heel rests in the shoe (so that, when on, her heel is on top of the star). I made sure the marker I used was permanent, a Sharpie is what I used, but any permanent marker will work.
I then explained to her that the shoe with a star in it goes on her right foot, which is on the same side of her body as the hand she writes with. Like I said, after I did this, she's had no more trouble putting her shoes on the correct feet, and she feels empowered because she can do it herself.
This will work for "lefties", too, except the star should be in the left shoe instead of the right.
By Melissa R.
At our house we have chore boots which only come in blue for the girls and brown for the guys. I'm 41 and still put my initial in my boots, inside near the top of the boot, on the inner side. I may know which boot goes on which foot, but seeing that mark makes everything go quicker.