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Toddler Socialization with Other Toddlers

by T Akery | October 3rd, 2013 | Behavior, Preschool

child handsIt can be easy for parents to fall into a routine with their toddlers. But it is important that this routine also allows for some playtime with other toddlers. This is a crucial social skill that will help them when they do start school. You don’t have to take them to daycare in order to give them the socialization they need. Some toddlers are extremely shy at this age and getting them used to playing with others is often a process that happens over time.

It is important that your toddler spends time with other kids their age. At this age, they begin understanding the concepts of sharing, imaginative play and social interaction. These are skills that they can’t pick up from a computer. Shy toddlers will have a harder time adjusting to school if they don’t get to spend at least some time with other toddlers. By starting a little early, the transition will be a bit easier on the both of you.

Finding other parents with toddlers can be a bit difficult. If you have trouble finding them, you can try expanding your social circle a little. Check out local organizations such as the Mothers of Preschoolers for potential play dates. Churches, daycare centers and playgrounds are also other places to meet parents with toddlers.

Set up your toddlers’ play dates in public places. There are a couple of advantages to this. You can watch your toddler’s interaction with other children and correct their behavior if necessary. You also have a chance to talk with the other parent. Plus, the responsibility for both children is not directly placed on your shoulders. Sure, play dates at the house are fine. But be sure to invite the other parent over as well.

Take time to take them to places where other toddlers hang out. If you haven’t found them a friend quite yet, just hang out in areas where other toddlers are, such as the park or the playground. Even if they aren’t exactly playing with other toddlers, this will help them become more familiar with communicating with other kids.

Toddlers need socialization around other kids to understand how to interact with them. This will help with the school transition as they get older. In addition, you will get the chance to socialize with other parents. You don’t have to put them in daycare for socializing. You just have to let them be around other kids for awhile.

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