I was wondering how other parents of onlies make sure their child lives in a kid-centered world, instead of an adult-centered one. I think it's a great bonus that onlies tend to interact well with adults and are used to being around them, but how do you go about preserving the magic of childhood and filtering out the adult world?
Maybe I'm wrong, but for some reason I feel like I might be more conscious of this in a family with multiples...or the kids would go off and construct their own world anyway. With just DS, I feel like we might forget that he is so small, and that he should be guarded from some things.
I've already started trying to limit work complaints, world news, politics, etc. in front of him to some extent (though it is hard, because we co-sleep and all go to bed at the same time - so there's really no "adult only" evening time to address these issues). We are still learning how to go from our normal relationship as a couple to a family of three - when he was a baby, we just kind of talked over his head alot about adult matters, but the bigger he gets (he's nearly 14 months), the more this concerns me.
When adults outnumber the children in a household...what steps do you take to keep it from being too adult-centered? What can we do to help create a loving, warm, secure environment with lots of make believe and perhaps a little less realism? Should that even be a concern? I certainly want our child to be globally-conscious, just in a developmentally appropriate way, ykwim?