Hi All! I'm feeling like i need some reassurance/advice. My DD is 19 months old, and is not around kids her age all that much. I truely believe parents put too much emphasis on socializing their young ones when quality bonding time with caregivers will take them farther in life. Having said that, I've been taking cues from DD and noticed her having an increased interest in other kids. So, trying to take her lead I want to get her out and playing with other little ones.
So, today I took her to our local cloth diaper and natural parenting store for a play hour they host. She really didn't know what to make of the other kids! There was a 12 moth old there that was, bless his heart, trying to play with her. He was being silly, climbing up her and babbling and giggling away- and my DD was, well, just scared of him! She was a little clingy to me at first, but then just as content to run around and play by herself!
Once she was in her own world for a while a 2.5 year old arrived, but she didn't really care to play with him either. I don't really know what I expected to happen, but I needed to tell my story and hear what other parents think about this :)
Up until this point her playmates have been older cousins ages 4-7, and a friend's daughter who is only 6 months older than my DD. But that friend's daughter is, let's just saying she's very aware of the pecking order, and she knows she's the "big" girl. The play with her is very one-sided and requires very little from my DD besides being bossed around.
So, how normal is this and what should I do? Just keep bringing her around kids? Do I need to begin to put forth a real effort with her and get her routinely around kids her age? I don't want her to be an outcast and unable to enjoy herself around other children :(