Ellie is three years old.
She has gotten more and more insistently independent as she has gotten older (I can't imagine where that feature came from).
Lately she has taken to entirely dressing herself and this new talent comes complete with tantrums if Mom or Dad tries to step in and help. This means that sometimes shirts or underwear end up backward and often shoes end up on the wrong feet.
Thankfully, one of those problems is pretty easy to fix (not that anyone ever died from backward clothes or wrong-footed shoes).
When I was little my mother (who is brilliant) used to draw smiley faces on the inside of our shoes. Then, she taught us that when the faces are looking at each other our shoes are on the correct feet. Most three and four year olds that I know don't want their smiley shoes to feel lonely because they can't see each other so they are quick to adopt this little trick.
Works like a charm.
And now Ellie normally doesn't duck walk due to awkward footwear.