Babies take setbacks in their stride

Most babies take their first tentative steps some time around their first birthday. A few begin as early as nine months, others aren’t walking until they’re around eighteen months.

The usual process is that a small child crawls first, then this gradually turns into walking.


One thing’s pretty certain, though. It’s pretty unlikely that any small kid gets to the walking stage without more than a few experiences of finding him or herself sitting on the floor involuntarily.

When this happens, of course, it doesn’t really work for a baby to just give up. No, most are determined to push themselves back up again, or grizzle until someone helps them up.

As little children, you and I both learned that life brings setbacks. And when it does, you simply carry on.

As adults, most of us realise that life’s generally not perfect. There will still be setbacks. But although you often can’t control them, you probably have more influence over how you react to them than you may sometimes believe.

So, inspired by a baby’s determination to learn to walk, here are three nuggets of inspiration:

1. Even though kids fall over, they see plenty of other humans moving around on two feet. Similarly, when you have a setback, remember that you’re not the first to have done so – and just about everyone (including you) gets over stuff like this.

2. When you fall over a few times as a kid, you soon learn how not to. Similarly, when things take an awkward turn for you, please try to remember how you recovered in the past.

3. A baby’s parents are terrific cheerleaders. They want their little one to walk and are of course there to help. If you go through difficult times as an adult, don’t feel you must soldier on alone. Ask for help. You’ll almost certainly get it.

When things get difficult, try to remember that before long you’ll almost certainly be back on your feet again.

3 thoughts on “Babies take setbacks in their stride

  1. Very good,Jon. A simple message but oh-so-true one. Babies, our earlier selves, are a real inspiration. I love your analogies, so once more, many thanks for such a terrific piece.

  2. Babies use whatever is to hand to learn to walk . Baby strollers , or edge of sofa , mummy , siblings , they don’t think it’s a failure , Sometimes I think it’s cheating having help but it isn’t ,
    When they fall down its maybe a few tears and then they determine to try again.
    I really love how you illustrate your nudges. Thank you Jon

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