Little Thoughts

Baby Steps: 20 Lessons about Life I Learned from a Toddler

From time to time I read something or hear someone speak and feel that I have learned a valuable lesson. However, I believe that some of the greatest lessons I’ve been taught haven’t come from learned, multi-qualified orators or experts. Rather, the little people in my life have taught me far more than any real live grown up. Whether it be that it is possible to live without a full night’s sleep for over a year and still survive; that learning times tables as an adult is less daunting than when you’re a child who has to get tested on them,  or that it is indeed possible to think you’ve left the house in clean clothes only to discover waaaay too late that there were messy handprints where you couldn’t see them! There’s a lesson waiting around every corner!

Recently, the lessons I’ve learned about life have come from my littlest and, specifically, from witnessing her attmepts at learning to walk. These efforts on her part have taken many forms and have had varying levels of success, but, they have undoubtedly shown me that lessons about life really can come from the most unexpected places.


Here’s just some of what I’ve learned about life from baby steps:

  1.  It’s best to start trying when there are others around, that way there’ll be help at hand if you need it.
  2. Just because you’ve never tried it before, doesn’t mean it’s not for you.
  3. If you feel discouraged and feel that things aren’t going right for you, just remember, none of the people you see around, no matter how good they are at it now, were born walking.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it; we all struggle sometimes.
  5. Sometimes, help and support can come from the most unlikely and unexpected places.
  6. No matter how keen someone is to help you, if you don’t know them very well or trust them, you probably won’t want their help.
  7. If you try to move too fast before you’re ready, there’s a good chance you’ll fall flat on your face.
  8. Some surfaces are easier to move on than others but remember, even the trickiest of obstacles can be negotiatied if you’re determined enough.
  9. Just because your steps may seem little or insignificant, don’t lose hope. Sooner or later they will still get you where you need to go, even if your method is a little unconventional to begin with.
  10. Some knocks or falls will hurt more than others but, never give up. It’s always worth getting up and moving on… imagine if none of us had moved on from our first fall.
  11. Where possible, choose to laugh at yourself and don’t take slip-ups too seriously. It’s inevitable, there will be quite a few along the way, don’t let them get the better of you.
  12. Celebrate all of your achievements  – every single little victory is worth recognition.
  13. Make sure there’s someone strong there to support you. It’s easier to try when you know there’s someone there to catch you.
  14. It’s good to have a hand to hold. But, don’t try to move at someone else’s speed. Choose your own pace.
  15. You’re more likely to fall over or make mistakes and get upset if you’re tired or distracted.
  16. If you’re in unfamililar territory, take a moment to get your bearings before you set off, that way you’ll be more able to deal with whatever you are about to face.
  17. Sometimes even those we love can trip us up or knock us down without meaning to. They probably didn’t mean it, they just weren’t thinking (or maybe weren’t looking where they were going).
  18. There is no greater force to spur you on than encouragement; it’s so much better when there’s someone there to cheer specifiacally for you.
  19. If you’re tired or feeling that it’s all a bit too much, it’s ok to sit down and just take a break. There are other ways to get where you need to go. Be patient; you will get there eventually.
  20. Sometimes, all you want is for someone to pick you up and carry you… after all, ‘Even youths grow tired and weary and young [people] stumble and fall….’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It goes without saying, but,  let’s face it, we humans will, at some point, know what it’s like to feel let down or upset or that we’re not good enough. But that’s no reason to quit. There’s hope for us all! I’m so very thankful that no matter where we or our children may be, there are Almighty arms to support and uphold, to uplift and encourage and to remind us that it will be ok and that we do matter and, than most amazing of all, we are never alone.

‘Abide with me
Abide with me
Don’t let me fall, and don’t let go
Walk with me and never leave
Ever close, God abide with me’



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