DS is 20 months and is not a high-needs kiddo, but he's very active... climbing, bouncing, lunging, jumping, etc. I work at an organization that is also an Interactive Museum, so there are a lot of physical play things - slides, jumps, things for balance. His presence always seems to scare other parents, because he just bounds in with no fear... face-first down the slide, before I have a chance to stop it, spins on the spinning thing, jumps onto that bouncy thing, whatever have you. I work there, so he knows where he's going - which is difference #1. Other parents don't know that he actually knows where he is. But they look at him like he's still a baby... and yet, he's aggressive with these "toys".
Today we went to a park never ventured to before and the smaller structure had two kiddos on it, which made DS freeze and hold on to me like there was no tomorrow. So I walked him around the park and he found the older kid structure, with big huge "5-12yo" signs on it. Since no one was around, I let him down and to take a glance... he ran up the stairs, past the "small" slide, to the spiral slide and Face First. I was at the bottom, no worries. But he was so excited, he ran back up the stairs... back to this HUGE slide. Again, face first.
I guess I'm just curious... when does the Fear happen? Not that I want him to be scared. but the way he was bounding around this 5-12yo structure today, with huge gaping holes (for poles and other jump-down fun), it scares me. Obviously #1 is... I shouldn't allow him on such structures. Ultimately, I get that I have to make sure he's safe. BUT, when does fear happen?
And I'm interested (never seen this before today) that he is a little intimidated when other kids are around. He goes to PT daycare, so he's used to other kids. But just having kids there, he wouldn't leave my arms. So he has Some Kind of fear... but it's not of falling; it's shyness, in a way.