Toddler Behavior and the Best Day Ever

A couple of weeks ago, I was lamenting being a mom to “that kid.”  It’s hard work, and it often leaves me feeling like I’m failing or doing something wrong.  Toddler behavior can be unpredictable and difficult to manage with even the most malleable of children; part of being a toddler is developing autonomy.  This time, though, I didn’t feel like the mom to “that kid.”  I wasn’t embarrassed, ashamed, or wondering if I was doing something wrong.  In fact, Norton’s toddler behavior made it the best day ever for us.

Norton trying - and rejecting - the playground

We started out at the toddler language delay play group.  For the first time since the birth of Eudora, Norton didn’t cry when I left.  He opened the door and charged in without me.  He was actually happy to go.  When I came back to pick him up, he was happy and ready to go.  He’d made a spider during arts and crafts time, and he was quite proud of it.  He cooperated for circle time.

But the coolest part?  He held my hand while I walked across the street with him.  I hadn’t tried holding hands with him for anything that was required since he’d wrenched his arm at the library  and we ended up spending hours on end at the hospital.  Now I have a little boy that I can hold hands with when we walk instead of relying on the toddler leash to keep him safe.

After the play group, we went to Fort George Park, the really big and awesome park in the historic distric of the city.  Norton didn’t really have much interest in playing on the playground equipment, but he had a wonderful time just running around in the large open space of the park.  Of course, he also found the one remaining water puddle in the park and proceeded to run through it a few dozen times.

It was, quite simply, a phenomenal day.  Not only did Norton get to have fun, I had a great time, too.  I was really and truly proud of my little boy.  I’d like to bottle days like that.  Or at least figure out how to maintain that level of cooperative toddler behavior.


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. Sounds like a fun day for Norton. So glad to hear that he is doing so well. I guess becoming a big brother was good for him 🙂

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