For the first two years of a child’s life, you may feel lonely, like any young mother. You need socialization, and your child needs to learn important things about games and sharing. Get ready for your little one’s first game meeting! We assure you that they are not as chaotic as it is claimed, not if they are well planned. Here are some tips that will help you for your first game meetings:
The fine art of planning
Start with short play sessions, taking into account the child’s sleep and eating habits. Be prepared with lots of snacks and keep in mind that when a young child falls asleep or is hungry, he will stop helping you. It is also good to prepare your child for the meeting by telling him that he will have to share some toys. Let him choose his special toys that can be put away, not shared during the game meeting. Remember that preparation is vital at this stage, both to arrive on time for the game meeting and to leave on time.
Be flexible in your expectations
Your little one is old enough to play in parallel. He will not really communicate with other children until he is at least 3 years old. This means that you will have to discuss what toys you will bring to the meeting and how to look at possible conflicts, banging and sharing. Your child definitely has strong feelings about these topics that he cannot express in words because his brain is still developing.
Think about your values
It is important to be among mothers who do not judge, accuse or criticize. If you are a supporter of the idea of careful parenting and read books about the excitability and importance of expressing feelings, you can discuss this with other mothers and try to understand how they see things. It is important to be among the parents with whom you share common values and who can support you if the child starts to shake a lot. Discover your community!
One thing in mind about safety
You will want to be around for the first game meeting, but it’s also a good idea to let your child explore and interact on their own. If a conflict arises, you and the other parents are there to help and intervene to ensure the safety of all participants.
Remember, there is no such thing as a perfect game match. With laughter or tears, your child acquires valuable skills. We hope you have fun communicating and making friends with other adults.