As a mom to a stay at home kid I occasionally worry (moms, worry, never) that my son doesn’t get enough socialization with people other than me, my husband and the occasional play date with my nephew.
What worries me even more is when we go to places like the splash pad or playground and Miles is happy to kind of watch the action from the periphery. He really loves to people watch. He giggles, smiles and jumps around excitedly kind of on the edges of the fun. He doesn’t run right into the middle of it screaming, “Hey, let’s all go play!”
I’m little Miss Talkative but his dad is definitely more of a sideline kind of a guy himself. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that he’s a little more on the shy side, but I don’t want him to miss out on stuff either.
So when opportunities like this weekend come around I jump at them. One of my good friends has a son who is nearly the same age as Miles (they are just a month a part.) Miles and Ethan have played together a few times and while it’s never gone poorly they’ve more just kind of played next to each other not really interacting a whole lot. We planned another play date for Saturday hopeful that not only would the boys get some socialization but that we would have a chance to catch up (outside of work) as well.
We both kind of expected that it would go as the others, well but not with a ton of interaction. We couldn’t have been more surprised and are now convinced that they will be best buds. They had a great time with just a few moments of meltdowns when there was a Spiderman or train involved. But overall, the two (as well as their proud mommas) had an amazing afternoon.
Stephanie and I were unable to finish most of our thoughts and had perhaps the most stilted and frenetic conversations, but we had an awesome time watching our boys play together and enjoy each other so much.
There was swimming, jumping, chickens (BABY CHICKENS), slides, swings and tons of are to just run around and explore.
What do you do to be sure your children get the right amount of interaction with other kids? Ever worry about them not getting enough (or too much?)