Toddler Parenting and Being Proud of the One I’ve Got

Norton is a pretty awesome little kid.  I know that he is.  Even with that in mind, though, toddler parenting isn’t without its challenges.  I’m pretty sure that toddler parenting has challenges, regardless of the toddler.  It’s just the nature of the job.  Sometimes, though, I have to remind myself to be happy with the one that I have, particularly when my mommy friends start discussing toddler talking.

Toddler talking is something that we struggle with.  Norton has a language delay, and there’s no cause for it other than “he’s just a late talker.”  Of course we’re getting help for the issue.  We see a speech pathologist fairly regularly.  We’re starting a playgroup for toddler language delay in a couple of weeks.  So when friends tell me about their children saying complete sentences, I feel a bit of envy.  I’d love to be able to take part in those conversations and share cute stories.

So, in light of this feeling of missing out over the things that Norton isn’t doing, I’m going to take a few minutes to remind myself of the awesome things that Norton does.

Norton has discovered books.  Now he loves it when we read stories.  Story time is an awesome thing.

Norton feeds himself with a spoon and fork.  Granted, sometimes it gets messy, but he will consistently use utensils with every meal.  At least for a bit.

Norton is perfectly capable of undressing himself.  There have been many mornings that I’ve gone in his room to get him and he’s taken off his pajamas.  He’s also able to dress himself with a little assistance.  Once the shirt is over his head, he can get his arms through the holes.  He’s almost able to put on pants and socks on his own.

Norton hasn’t taken a bottle in nearly a year.  Granted, we’re using sippy cups for my own sanity, but there’s no need for a bottle before bed.

Speaking of bed…  Norton has a great bedtime routine, and he sleeps through the night like a little champ.  He’s always been a good sleeper.  Even better, when he wakes up in the morning, he’s perfectly happy to play in his room until someone comes to get him.  He’s generally willing to wait until around 8:00 to 8:30 before complaining about wanting out of his room.

He’s an awesome little ball player.  He can actually roll the ball, throw it, or bounce it in a chest pass with pretty good accuracy.  The ball usually goes to the intended target.  Sometimes he even catches.

I’ll admit, sometimes the language delay can cause issues with toddler parenting.  In spite of his lack of verbal skills, he’s an awesome little kid.  And he’s mine.  I love him no matter what.  And he loves me, too.  I’ll take that.  As for the talking thing?  Well, it’ll happen eventually.

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. Oh yes – it will definitely happen! Mine were late talkers too and we couldn’t wait to hear what their little voices would sound like using sentences. And now I wear earplugs to drown out the noise 🙂
    stalking you from Triberr – have a great day.

  2. Great attitude! And your little guy does sound pretty freaking awesome 🙂

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