Toddler walking or talking late, walking or talking early, whatever! Smart kids don’t always start first.

 

I’ve got four kids, is it weird that I’m obsessing over when my littlest walks?  She is 15 months and only just started walking.  Yesterday she had an audience and she finally said, “Today’s the day.”  Well not really, talking is another thing she hasn’t been eager to do though she does some sign language.  Ever since she has been toddling around.  I was beginning to wonder what is up with her!

The other day her biggest brother spotted a cute little pair of brown loafers.  Do the “kids” even call them that these days.  Boy, I sound old!  At any rate, cute little brown shoes with a strap across the front and a light pink flower.  He said “Sister needs a pair of shoes Mom.”

To which I answered a bit annoyed, “No she doesn’t, she doesn’t even walk!”

Yesterday when she started walking Thing One said, “Look Mom, now we should buy her those shoes for Christmas!”

It’s funny that I was so worried because come to think of it my kids have all walked at drastically different times.  They all seem fine now.  Unless it worries you that one stands on his hands, another does backflips off the bed and my four year old rides a motorcycle.   Okay maybe the walking thing isn’t the only indication of a successful toddler career. 

Will she be denied acceptance into prestigious colleges on her late walking challenge?  On the other hand maybe it is an asset.  I mean Thing Two walked just before his 10 month birthday.  Wow!!!  Except with both walking and talking, he was very awkward!  He did the monster walk for ages and often fell down.  If anyone was going to have long term problems it would be my dare devil second born, who does EVERYTHING early and with great difficulty. :)  We couldn’t understand a word he said for a long time but he is the most mechanical of all my kids. 

Very smart too, he learns by osmosis.  Did I tell you about his Kindergarten exit exam designed to be taken at the beginning of the year to help the teacher (me in this case) determine what needs he has.  Well, he aced it.  The only thing yet to master?  Skipping.  Last year I didn’t teach him a single thing on purpose, I was focused on surviving PPD and caring for my new infant along with homeschooling my oldest for the first time.  He literally learned to read by soaking it all in while coloring monster trucks all year.  I’m an AWESOME teacher! ;)

The oldest?  Well, he is detail oriented to the max.  A guy after my own heart except when it comes to his closet but that’s another story.  It took him longer to walk as well.  He neither walked nor talked until he figured he had it mastered.  We decided that he “practiced” during his nap and only pulled out the stops when he knew he’d wow the crowd and never before.  The kid seriously “talked” with his mouth closed almost to his second birthday.  When he finally opened his mouth, full sentences came out!  But for my oldest, while he loves to learn the process doesn’t always come as easily as it does for Two. 

Thing One struggles to do things right and psyches himself out while Thing Two trusts his instinct and isn’t afraid to mess up.  Pee Wee, the youngest has it figured out, “wait for an audience” and Bubba, the youngest boy survives on his innate ability to make people laugh. He is a born story teller.  Hmmm, is that like anyone I know?

10 thoughts on “Toddler walking or talking late, walking or talking early, whatever! Smart kids don’t always start first.”

  1. I am still learning that they will all do things on their own. It is always hard not to worry!
    My 4th didn’t start walking until he was 15 months, too!

    1. Every kid is different. Every circumstance is different. Every need is different.

      Family legend has it that I didn’t learn to walk until my father forbid my older siblings (10, 11, & 12 years older) to pick me up. I cried and pouted for a couple of days and then I got up and walked. I tested into college at the 99th percentile.

      From that story one can conclude that the kids slower to walk are really the brightest. ;)

      OR

      One can conclude that every person is an individual and should be allowed to develop at his/her own pace with out unfair comparisons. (Which, from the sounds of this, you seem to be managing well.)

  2. My kids all did things different. Can’t really remember who did what. I think my third walked at 10 months and rode a bike a 4 (though I’m sure it would have been a motorcycle if we had one.) All the rest walked around a year and didn’t really talk until about 2yrs. Now they won’t stop talking! And my poor daughter is going to 8 and doesn’t know how to ride a bike without training wheels. That one is our fault! Guess it’s about time we get around to teaching her!

  3. We have a 15 month old son who has taken steps for some time when prompted, but refuses to walk on his own. Crawling must somehow be faster. He climbs everything, but wants to be carried everywhere. He’s getting tooo big! I hope he walks soon. Guess, in my mind, 15 months was the deadline =)

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