My 2 year old son is very emontional and acts like a loner, hes has a 3 year old cousin and a 1 year old sister and the only boy. He acts out all the time and I feel bad hes always being punished, I dont want to make him play by his self cause he will be starting daycare. What are some things I can do to encourage him to play nice with other kids?


Kellie - posted on 01/13/2012




Why are you trying to force him to play with others? It is perfectly normal for a 2 year old to play alone. Children don't really start playing with others until they're about 3 anyway, up til then they generally play alongside each other.

My guess is he's behaving like a normal 2 year old and your expectations of him are too high. Stop trying to guide his play and let him have some control over who, what, where and with what he's playing with.

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Kellie - posted on 01/14/2012




Children don't share when they're 2, at that age it's all theirs. They don't start to share until they're about 3 and 4, more towards 4.

I can assure you he is acting like a normal 2 year old.

You can start to gently encourage him, so he can begin to get the concept of sharing i.e when he offers yourself or someone something say "good sharing" as you take it off him.

You are expecting too much from him developmentally, he is 2. Relax a little, daycare centres and providers know full well how 2 year olds act and where they're at at this stage in their development.

Kasarah - posted on 01/14/2012




I dont force him I do let him choose to play and when he does he dont share and he wants to controll it all he can not act like that expecially going into daycare. All I want to get advice in is what can I do to encoirage him to share and play nice with others when NESSARY? Moms that are going thru something similar please feed back.

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