Melissa - posted on 01/07/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )
Yesterday, I took my 15 month old little guy to Mother Goose for the first time. He was so excited and was running around shouting "BABY! BABY". Unfortunately, he went up to one little guy and started waving his arms in the other little guy's face...almost like hitting. The mother of that little guy was definitely offended by my little guy's overtures of greeting. I am torn between wanting my son to be his spirited and adventurous self and holding onto him so he won't hit or touch other children.
How do I teach my son to be gentle with other kids and respect their space?
How can I stop him from running around so much?
I can only hope that next week, he'll be more interested in the songs and rhymes. His first day was exhausting for me, since I had to apologize endlessly for him being himself. He is still breastfed and cosleeps. We have a great bond and my son is somewhat unusual for his age because he wishes for social contact and interactive play. I have noticed that most toddlers his age prefer parallel play where there is little interaction between toddlers as they each attend to their play with different toys. My little guy plays well with older kids, but he hasn't had much interaction with other young toddlers.
I know that as he gets older, it will be easier to teach him, but it would be great to have tips now. Thank you!