My friend has a 2 yo daughter and I have noticed that Tornado – usually quite the wild child as his nickname suggests -has developed a very knightly or gentlemen like attitude towards her.
This makes me happy as he is a single child (with two part-time teenage siblings though) and I really didn’t want to raise a little dragon child who cannot share, and wants wants wants all to be only about him.
While we obviously get this attitude at home anyway, especially when he’s alone with me (…), he seemed to be doing very well in kindy, even with ‘the little ones’ and I am not worried for his integration during his first days of ‘BigSchool’ (prep in Queensland, started yesterday!).
I think it cannot be stressed enough how much regular visits to playgrounds, playing with other children – of any age – will help your child develop social skills that will make your own social life so much easier! After all, not all your friends will have kids at the same time..
I have noticed that, with a dose of more age appropriate explanations or activities to his liking, like rough housing, running and climbing, he will happily play for a long time with the little princess, he is gentle and attentive, even supervises, protects and helps his little friend.
And the two mums are having a great time on the sideline, yapping through the latest gossip too. Perfect.
Linky with the Tuesday’s WE PLAY post of Childhood101