How to get my little one to join in...

Wei Shun - posted on 11/13/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




My little one takes a long time to warm up in group situations, especially gatherings with lots of kids, (birthday parties), she mostly will just cling to mum and doesn't join there anything I can do to help her join in?


Amy - posted on 11/13/2011




I agree with Barb you need to lead by example. So first of all make sure that even if you aren't completely comfortable you don't show your fears to your child. Children often look to there parents to see there reaction to a situation. For example if a stranger approaches my 19 month old and says hi she looks to me if I am upbeat she usually follows if I'm more reserved she tends to be too.

Another thing you can do is get involved with her. If they're playing a game at a party play the game too until your daughter is comfortable.

My final advice is give her lots of practice in low scale situations, a party with 10 screaming kids can be overwhelming for any one let alone someone who is reserved to begin with. So practice with one or two kids often that way she will build her comfort level without being completely overwhelmed.

Barb - posted on 11/13/2011




maybe lead the kids in an activity? that way, clinging to your leg or not, she is joining in.


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