The Subtleties of Toddler Communication

It’s kind of funny… for all of the troubles that Norton and I have had with toddler communication, Norton generally doesn’t have a hard time with making himself understood.  I’ve been a big blob of blah.  I know that I have been.  I’m pretty sure it can be difficult for Norton to cope with a Mom who has difficulties getting off of the couch sometimes… but today, he managed to work around my doldrums with some toddler communication in a not too subtle manner.

He brought me his shoes and dropped them on my laptop, one at a time.

That was my first clue that he wanted to go outside.

My second clue: Norton brought me my hair gel.  I never leave the house without using it to fix my hair, and Norton is definitely a smart toddler (even if he’s not a verbal one).  Usually, Norton throws things at me… or throws them away from me to prevent me from getting my hands on it.  This time, Norton actually put the gel in my hands.

He really wanted to go outside.

I didn’t do my hair, though.  I just threw on some yoga pants and a hoodie, then got Norton bundled up in his new snow boots and winter jacket.  He cooperated amazingly well with the bundling process.  He happily held out each foot for me to put his socks on, and was cooperative (and inquisitive) when I put on his new boots.  When we finally got outside, it was worth it… even though I’d wished that I’d put a heavier jacket on myself.

He smiled.  He gave me little fishy lip kisses.  And then I carried him to the park across the street because he didn’t want to hold hands to cross the street.

That was when Norton wasn’t so happy.  It was above freezing, but not by much.  It was also a bit windy out.  We came back in, but not before Norton decided that he didn’t like walking on the snow much. 🙂

Was it ideal?  No.  But Norton managed some pretty darned apparent toddler communication.  I’ll take it.


About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Norton is amazing! Kids are amazing really. Even though he was not verbal, he still got his message across loud and clear!

  2. I can’t wait for my little one to start doing stuff like this. For now, the extent of her communication is throwing her food to indicate she us done. 🙂

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