Mom Confession: I Don't Let My Toddler Play With Other Kids

Kim Conte

It's time for a Mom Confession -- because, let's face it, we're real mothers and sometimes it doesn't work the way the parenting books say it should.

This Week's Confession:

My toddler is very well-mannered and well-socialized around adults, but he has very little experience with other children. He is an only child and only has one cousin in town who is anywhere near his age; but I don't like letting him play with her because her parents are irresponsible, and she sets bad examples for my son (constant tantrums, no boundaries). I don't want to take him to play groups because I am worried about him getting sick during the flu season...

Also, we are broke, so "classes" and what-not are out of the question. He didn't seem to be missing other kids until recently—he has started asking random people (at the grocery store, etc.) to be his "friend" and talks about his toys having friends. He looks a bit wistfully at other children when we are out and waves at them and tries to talk to them. I'm starting to feel neglectful by not having other children around.

Is it okay for him to not socialize much with other kids at this age?


Is it OK for toddlers not to have much interaction with other kids?

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We all have secrets -- so thanks to this brave mom for sharing her honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation non-judgmental!

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