My boy is now 15 months ++ old but still refuse to walk by himself. He can walk very well when we hold one of his little hands. He can even direct us the place he wants to go. He can walk pretty quickly when we hold his hand.
We have tried to dupe him to walk by himself and he succeeded. When his papa held his hand, I stood a distance from him and he walked towards me. He has walked in total eight steps (four steps each time) all by himself without us supporting him. When, he finally realized our trick, he stopped walking and held his papa’s pants tightly. I refused to give in and stood still there. He, too, refused to continue walk without support. He looked at us with pity eyes and look around his surrounding. After a few minutes of hesitant from both sides, he found his solution to walk towards me eventually.
He held his papa’s pants with one hand when he tried to put his hand on the see saw that he needs to put effort to reach on. When he finally get hold on the see saw, he walked to me by holding the see saw. I can’t stop cuddling and hugging him when he reached me. Both hubby and myself were surprised by his inspiration.
My mum once told me that toddle will start to walk automatically when they get ready but I still cannot stop hoping that he can walk independently as soon as possible.
I know that it is good for him to want to hold our hand to go to the direction he wants instead of running here and there all by himself and we need to chase after him but I can’t stop hoping him can run around by himself.
I am determining to find some ideas on line to encourage him walking independently. When I browsed through the internet, I found that many children also only can walk when they reached 16 months, 20 months some even at 22 months. I have a mix feeling after reading these.
However, my heart is enlighten and I felt so impressed and start to let go my worries after i read the following quote by a parent from Berkeley Parents Network about late walker:
“maybe the other parents have never heard this is common among genius children. He may be a profound philosopher more into thinking and internal processes rather than running/ doing physical stuff. I would guess others' hold more judgment on boys for this trait, as boys are pushed toward sports, etc. from earlier on than girls, but certainly our world needs boys and men who are capable of deep thinking.... don't know what to do about others' rudeness but once you become more assured and confident that he IS normal and /or extraordinary the comments may roll off more easily.... good luck with your wonder boy. anon.”
Hehe..this is so good right? Wink..wink…