Julie - posted on 01/27/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )
My daughter is 23 months and is very playful. She is use to playing with older children and she plays like an other child. She has been playing well with others since she was a little over a year old. I work at a daycare and most kids will start really playing in group activities around age 2-2.5. In her class most of the kids are still in the solo play stage which seems to be hard for her. I have noticed the closer she gets to the age of 2 the more aggressive she is getting with kids her own age. She loves to hug and try to get others to play with her, but when they won't she will push and can be almost mean to the kids. If they try to take a toy from her she will try to bite them and if they fight her she will. She never had a problem with sharing, but now she will say "no" and she is always trying to take toys away from others. I know it is a phase, but it is causing problems for her and me at work. Her motor skills have always been above most of the kids around her age, but she is not ready to be bumped to the higher toddler room. She is not potty trained and her verbal skills are not there yet, but I think she is bored with the kids her age. She is worse when she is tired. I want to break her of the bad habits without taking away her friendly and playful ways. She is very friendly and loves to be with the older kids. I want her to be friendly and not so aggressive with the other 1 1/2 and 2 year olds.