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Rekha - posted on 10/18/2017 ( no moms have responded yet )

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My son is 2 years 11 months old..he is not mingling with other kids at school..he is not sitting and not following teachers direction..he is always trying to avoid...he feels shy..what to do?

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Aishu_r17 - posted on 10/23/2017

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I think this is a normal developmental phase, where children at that age restrict themselves to mingling with other kids. Does he involve in parallel play? If yes, I would not worry about him not socializing yet. He should get there eventually. I have a 4 year old who doesn't follow directions as well. We do the PCIT method of getting him to follow directions. Good luck!

Aishu_r17 - posted on 10/23/2017

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I think this is a normal developmental phase, where children at that age restrict themselves to mingling with other kids. Does he involve in parallel play? If yes, I would not worry about him not socializing yet. He should get there eventually. I have a 4 year old who doesn't follow directions as well. We do the PCIT method of getting him to follow directions. Good luck!

Aishu_r17 - posted on 10/23/2017

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I think this is a normal developmental phase, where children at that age restrict themselves to mingling with other kids. Does he involve in parallel play? If yes, I would not worry about him not socializing yet. He should get there eventually. I have a 4 year old who doesn't follow directions as well. We do the PCIT method of getting him to follow directions. Good luck!

Leslie - posted on 10/19/2017

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I think this is very normal at this age, especially when a child is in a new situation. Two year olds generally don't play "together" but play near each other. There is not a lot of interaction or mingling. Kids are still learning to interact with their world and others. Being shy is perfectly normal. It's also hard for a 2 yr old to sit still for long periods of time and have to focus and follow directions, especially boys. Boys are active. THey want to explore and move. There is nothing wront with your son for not wanting to sit at this age! I have a 5 yr old who just started kindergarten this year. SHe has struggled with much of what you are describing and she is 5! I also work in her classroom 4 days a week, and many of the kids act the same way. So if 5 and 6 yr olds have difficulty, it's going to be much more difficult for a 2 yr old!
As for being shy, just reassure him that everything is going to be ok. Maybe inviting one or two of the kids in his class for a play date may make it easier and not overwhelm him. It might help him get use to being around other kids in a more intimate setting. Best of luck to you and your little one. It will all come in time!

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