Today felt like spring had truly sprung!
We ended up doing two separate park meet ups. The first with a mum’s group I’m part of through Facebook, the second a home educators free play group.
Aeryn really loved both meets. She’s quite happy to go off by herself and get on with playing now, and even approaches other kids she doesn’t know and waves hello sometimes.
She did have one small upset. Another toddler cornered her and got right up in her face. She wasn’t violent, just extremely imposing and Aeryn was completely physically stuck in a corner. The girl’s mother didn’t intervene so I ended up lifting Aeryn out of the way after asking if she needed my help.
I try not to intervene in toddler social interaction as much as is sensible. The best way to learn about how to socialise is to socialise and try to make friends. But toddlers are very little and need guidance and help to know how to get along.
Personal space needs to be learnt, sharing needs to be learnt, turn taking, assertiveness, co-operation. Aeryn didn’t feel she had the tools to get herself out of the situation and needed my help, so I helped. In retrospect, maybe I should have asked the girl to move or offered her some help to make different choices, but hindsight is 20/20, of course.
Hopefully this is the start of a whole summer of blissful play days outdoors. First with Aeryn, layer with Aeryn and her baby brother.