Perhaps a Little Social Interaction . . .

Posted on October 7, 2007 - Filed Under Simple Life, Kids |

I grew up in a very secluded area. Most of the time, it was just my mom and two sisters and myself. That was fine. I was a shy kid and not having much contact with other kids my age didn´t seem to affect me. When I was older, we moved to a more suburban area and all of us took classes and joined sports teams and a youth group and we became “socialized”.

Now, I´m wondering about my sons. Dorian is a bit shy, but give him about a minute around other kids his age and he´s off running and playing. Not at all like me.

Recently, he has been playing a lot with his cousin, Zanelle. Now, Zanelle is 100% girly girl. Pink skirts, fancy shoes, etc. And she is a lot like her mom, aunt and grandmother in that she freaks out about a lot of stuff. I thought little of Dorian playing with her until yesterday when he saw a bug and started squeaking “oooh, oh oh, oh!” and flapping his hands in perfect imitation of his cousin.

This isn´t the only thing I´ve noticed him imitating. He has also taken to saying, “Es que . . .” which roughly translates to “It´s just that . . . ” Which is something that Zanelle says all the time. It´s rather annoying when every other sentence out of your toddler´s mouth starts with “es que”!

So, this got me to thinking that maybe he needs some friends, boys, his age. The problem is that there aren´t any good candidates around here. There is a pack of kids, mostly boys, who play across the street from us, but they are rowdy and rough and very rude . . . more characteristics I don´t want my child to bring home! Plus, most of them are older than Dorian and I think he would end up getting banged up a lot.

Another option is the local expat daycare. It´s in Antigua and I know for a fact that there are at least 3 boys the same age as Dorian there, because we used to go to a mother´s group when he was a baby. The group no longer exists, but the daycare speaks English, but the only reason I would send him to daycare is for the social interactions . . . which seems a bit silly.

Does anyone have any ideas? Am I just being paranoid about my little boy picking up silly girl habits? Please feel free to give me some advice, as I´m kind of floundering here!

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One Response to “Perhaps a Little Social Interaction . . .”

  1. Lisa's Chaos on October 8th, 2007 10:30 pm

    I wouldn’t worry about it. I don’t think it matters if he’s playing with boys or girls. But I could be wrong. :)

    My daughter played with her brothers more than anyone else. She really didn’t have outside friends, just her brothers and she’s not a tomboy, so I assume your son could play with girly girls and not turn into one. :)

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