Social Connectedness: Without the Pressure!

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Mother’s groups, play groups, Kindergarten events; it seems that historically there’s been a well- worn path for the social lives of parents. From the first contraction to the first day of primary school we squeeze in play dates and coffee between nap times and work. Most children appear to enjoy the social aspects of such groups and the benefits to child develop can be immense. For example, social interaction for most toddlers fosters:

 Language development through playing alongside or cooperatively with their peers

 Emotional development as the child begins to develop skills such as sharing and turn-taking

 Social development when the child discovers the consequences of resisting said sharing and turn taking!

For many parents, the idea of enjoying a cup of tea and venting about sleepless nights while their children work out how best to steal another’s toy can be the highlight of the week. But for others?

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