DS1 is almost 3 and he has always been good at playing on his own and entertaining himself, but we have noticed he doesn't play much with other kids. it's starting to worry me a lot
What can I do to help him?
His daycare have said the same thing he does on occasion play with other kids - generally older kids, but not very often
Tonight we are at BIL house and he normally plays well with his older twin cousins who are 6 but tonight there are a heap of kids and poor DS is hanging out with us or on his own
What can I do?
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18-04-2014 17:44 #1
Worried about DS1
18-04-2014 17:56 #2
Ds2 is the same age, he elk play with his brother, but at playgroup he plays independently, I've always been told its normal at that age.
18-04-2014 17:58 #3
Is he happy playing by himself?
When he does interact with other kids, does he enjoy that sort of play (sharing, taking turns etc?) or does he show signs of frustration when dealing with other kids?
If he is happy either way but seems to prefer his own company at this stage, I wouldn't worry. It could be just a phase our maybe he just doesn't feel the need to include others in play time.
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18-04-2014 18:04 #4
When older kids pay attention to him and include him he has a great time, but since all these new kids came today his cousins have basically forgotten about him so he's on his own.
I've tried to encourage him to play with them but I think he just doesn't want to.
At daycare the kids are roughly a year younger than him and two of them play together (well more like fight with each other) and he plays on his own. I worry about it as even at mothers group where there are kids his own age who he knows, he plays on his own
He doesn't get frustrated with them, he's just not interested
I don't want him to be anti social and a 'loner' as I know how that affects kids when they are older
18-04-2014 18:12 #5
I would just let him do his own thing, it doesn't matter if he is anti social, he is 3. My 4yr old won't play with people she knows unless they make an effort to come up to her. She is shy, that's okay with me, I'm quite shy too and always hated Mum pushing me to play with other kids when I was happier with my siblings or by myself.
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18-04-2014 18:17 #6
I would let things be for now. Some kids prefer their own company and it's around 4-5yrs they start interacting and play more together.
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