We are trying to figure out how to help our 18-month old with her social skills. She is verbally and physically precocious. We stopped counting words after she got to over 300 words at around 16 months and she is now speaking in short sentences ("birds funny" "mama go outside"). She is noticeably stronger than other kids her age (and less cautious) and a bit bigger (she is around the 85th percentile for height and weight).
She is very assertive (the nice way of saying "a bully") with other kids her age. She went through a brief biting phase and then a hitting phase and now we're in a pushing phase. She is very grabby with other kids and while she can play nicely (and will share when she wants to), she just seems more intense than other kids her age. We monitor her very closely in playgroup situations and jump in to make sure she doesn't hurt other kids and to help explain that her actions can hurt the other children.
I am trying to figure out whether she is just going through regular toddler behavior earlier than other kids or if her "drive" is just very strong. It seems like I read so many descriptions of gifted kids this age as "very empathetic" or "quiet, shy" and ours is the opposite! I'm curious whether any other parents of precocious kids who were like ours at 18 months - and did it persist in later years? My husband and I are both rather quiet and introverted so we don't know quite how to handle our wild child!