Last week I took Little One to her first structured peer play group. She’s 21 months old and hasn’t been around many other kids due to my being a stay-at-home mom. We mostly hang out at home or with friends who either don’t have kids yet, or have kids who are older. Her issues with breath-holding have also made me cautious about leaving her with many people, other than immediate family.
As an adult, I sometimes have a difficult time meeting new people, but I’m aware of this, and I don’t want to pass social awkwardness along to my daughter. She’s naturally outgoing and funny, so I hope she continues to develop her own little personality.
Hubby and I want Little One to be socialized before it’s time for her to head off to pre-school. This local, structured, peer group felt like the perfect opportunity for her to meet other kids in a safe and controlled environment. The other kids in the group have all been involved in prior group sessions, so they know all the steps and songs. Hopefully, after another week or two, Little One will be well adjusted and more comfortable following the group routine and taking instruction from the group facilitators.
If you’re a parent, did/do you partake in peer play groups? Do you feel it’s beneficial?