Monday, January 3, 2011
Home Spun comic strip #565
My idyllic image of childhood is the sight of a large mob of children, happily laughing and playing together. I don't know where this came from. When I was in elementary school a long, long, long...long time ago, I was a loner. I liked playing with others, but really on a one to one basis. There weren't many kids on my street, and I had many bad experiences trying to fit in with big groups that met in the schoolyard or around the corner from my home. Some of us just don't do well in crowds. Which is fine.
I always thought it was my duty to make sure I exposed my children to lots of kids. Should the question ever come up, I wanted to be able to confidently answer, "Yes, they get plenty of socialization!" The only problem was that we often met extremely unsocialized children in the playground and other places after school hours. I also noticed my children preferred better quality time than the chaos that can be found on a sledding hill on a snow day. They like interacting one on one or with a small group of friends. They do have friends who prefer large groups, but for my own, that is unnecessary. Not every child interacts in the same way. I try to respect the unique way my own kids choose to be with others.