Re: Playgroup Woes ***for New Beginnings***
It's normal for there to be some level of negative interactions at a toddler playgroup. To a certain extent, it's a learning experience for your child. You won't always be there to run interference for him, and eventually he is going to have to learn what he is going to do when someone takes something from him or gets physical. If he and another kid are squabbling over a toy, it's okay to watch the interaction from a distance for a while. If it degenerates into tears, or your kid is getting physically hurt (pushed, bitten, slapped), then it's time to step in. Even if the other moms are all chatting and ignoring the kids. You go over, you make sure that the pushy toddler knows "that hands are not for hurting", try to get the kids to take turns with the toy, and distract with other activities/toys if the kids can't share.
If your playgroup is one where none of the other moms ever get down on the kids' level and mediate behavior, it might be time to find a different playgroup. If you want to stay with your current one, you may need to accept that your social time is going to be curtailed in order to keep your child safe.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"