Are you a parent of a young toddler? If the answer is yes, I do hope that you are providing your child with the opportunity of interacting with other toddlers. You may be a parent with more than one child, and that is all great and good, but we are not talking about sibling interaction here. Social interaction is a little different.
Social interaction starts from the moment your child is born and continues throughout their lifetime. It means from that first moment your child breathes their emotional receptors are absorbing the world around them.
Interacting with family members such as parents and siblings is great. It teaches them to trust and love. It teaches them how to react to things in ever day life, it teaches them how to relate to society and function as a human being.
Social interaction amongst peers is vital even at the toddler stage. It prepares them for school, work, and live outside of the comfort of their home. Toddlers need to have an escape from their four walls, they need to see how other children their own age act, live, and play.
If you are a parent of a toddler, it is important that you take part in a community event or group that has people just like you. A parent or parents with a toddler. Play dates at the park, the community center, a temporary care such as a day care, pre-school, or even a visit to the library is an event that would give them the opportunity to interact with others their own age.
At these types of functions, your child will learn about sharing, emotions of others, build listening skills, and how to problem solve in a social situation. Learning social skills through interacting with others is important in your child’s development. If you are not giving your child this opportunity, I urge you to pick up the phone and call around to see what programs are available that your child can participate in as a member of our society. It will help to build their social skills for their life that lies ahead.
What activities do you do with your toddler or did you do when your children were toddlers? Can you remember that far back? 😉
Pam Buttikofer is a co-founder of Imperfect Women. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband of 36 years and enjoys spending time with her husband, sons and her lovable pups.