Socializing toddler.

Lindsay - posted on 03/27/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am a stay at home mom to a 21 month old. I have been getting a lot of people (mainly my in laws) telling me that my son isn't socialized enough with other children. He is at that age where hitting is a problem at times. He has been around children more than I think my in-laws even realize. He has a 3 year old 2nd cousin he has seen since birth and a 5 year old neighbor who has been over from time to time, not often but he has socialized with her. He is the first grandchild and an only child so I can understand where they are coming from. But I feel like people think I am doing a bad job at getting him socialized. I don't know what to do. At the same time I don't want to rush out and enroll him in daycare once a week just because someone suggested it! I am sure there are many moms who stay home and don't have and friends who have children. Just thought maybe it might be nice to hear from other moms and see how they feel!

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Armanda - posted on 03/28/2011

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There are some easy and inexpensive ways to help your son be more socialized. Many libraries have free weekly story times you can go to. Local hospitals and churches often have new mommy groups or toddler groups you can join. You can even try some classes at the park district. This is good way for you and your son to meet some other children/ moms. If there is someone he seems to enjoy playing with, invite them over. Before you know it, you'll have your own playgroup!

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Sarah - posted on 03/27/2011

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We go to Gymboree and the little gym, they are parent child classes and are good for socialization. Plus they have a lot of fun playing on the equipment and doing the activites.

Louise - posted on 03/27/2011

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Why not try mums and tots groups where you can also get out and about and meet new mums. I never bothered with these groups when I had my sons but now I have a 2 year old and she loves them. It gives her access to toys she does not have at home and children her own age. Just look for your local one and keep going. You will feel isolated at first but after you have gone a few times mums will open up and talk to you. These groups are usually once a week and charity or church run for a nominal fee.

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