Your Life as a Parent: Making Comparisons

It’s natural for you to compare your child’s development with a child of a similar age, and wonder why your toddler may be smaller, or taking a longer time to talk or walk. Try to remember that each child develops differently and at her own pace. Your toddler may be ahead in one area, but behind in others and vice versa. This is all a natural part of developing into a unique person.

It’s best to try not to compare your child to other children, or even to one of your older children who may have developed at a different pace.

It’s also a good idea to try to block out unwanted or unsolicited advice from other parents or well-meaning strangers who may think they have all the answers. Instead, talk to your toddler’s healthcare provider about any concerns you may have about your child’s development.