You know what one thing I love the most about daycare? Well besides them taking on the messy crafts. I love the little friends. We are to the age where Landon can talk about his friends and vocalize their importance. Just this afternoon he was talking to the dog. Rambling on about something and I asked what was he saying. He said he was talking about his best friend Josh and how he missed him (Josh has been on vacation this week). It was so adorable. Just so matter-of-factly. To him it is just another part of his life like eating snacks and going potty. I don’t know when I will get used to it. It is just too damn cute.
Every day we pick him up and ask what he did that day. Almost immediately is “Me and Josh…” and then he rattles off all his friends. Seeing him get excited that we will go play outside of school is super fun to see. The rare occasion we have a friend over to our house to play? You would think he won the lottery. He talks about it for days after.
On top of his BFF, it is nice to hear him interacting with a kid that, to me, might seem a little difficult. Like when we know that they got into a scuffle over a dinosaur and slapped the crap out of each other. In the same breath he can tell me that they colored together later or splashed at the sensory table. No hard feelings. Just life as a toddler.
Life lessons I can’t teach are what makes daycare a little special. I can’t say that if I was home with him or even just a relative watching him. In those cases, if you interact with a defiant kid, you start to avoid it. No matter if you mean to or not. At daycare, it truly is a melting pot. The kid with the hippy parents. The kid who always has to have the blue crayon (that would we mine, by the way). Even the kid who is just having a bad day. It’s all a learning experience I can’t teach him fully. How to deal with difficult people. How to show empathy. How the world comes in all shapes and sizes.
It can even have unforeseen benefits. Like how 2 daycare friends are hearing impaired. Because of this, Landon, at almost 3, still signs some words. I assume some of that is seeing those interactions. They learn hand movements and signs to songs when the physical therapist works in the class. It isn’t “different” to them. I love that.
How does your child care line up with this? Do you see your kids beginning to make their own special friendships?
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