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October 13th, 2011, 09:57 PM
Rockstarmama's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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DH is all the sudden very concerned about getting Sam around some other kids. He is home with us all day everyday and we are afraid that he is going to eventually have problems with us leaving him, and also with jealousy. He has shown a couple slight signs of being uncomfortable with us showing other little children attention and I'd hate for that to get worse.

We were wondering what the rest of you have done with your first kids, or if this is your first, what you have planned to get your kids acclimated to being around other children. Obviously if you do daycare, that speaks for itself. But, if you SAH, what do you do?

I looked into My Gym but it is $75 a month!! You only get one class a week and three open gym visits for that. I don't think that is worth $75. Maybe I should look into Mothers Day Out? It is just hard for me to justify paying for a daycare when I don't need it, but then again maybe Sam needs it. I look forward to your responses.

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October 14th, 2011, 07:20 AM
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Well Taylor is in daycare so obviously we don't have to worry about this but if I ever get to stay home, I'm going to insist she goes 2 days a week. I feel it has really helps with her social skills and I'm not sure had I stayed home from the beginning I would've been all that involved on finding playgroupd and stuff.

Could you maybe look into daycare 2x a week ( plus you could get a lot done on those days and maybe pick up some more work?) I think you've said in the past there weren't any moms groups that you could find. Oh, what about taking him to the play area at the mall? Although he may not be quite big enough yet. Have you looked for any other types of meet ups on meetup.com?

Good luck, I hope the other ladies have some good suggestions for you!
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October 14th, 2011, 07:41 AM
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Ian & Logan have alot of cousins. Ian has always loved other children especially older ones. Up until he was almost 3 he would play with his cousins when we were together but other than that he didn't have much interaction. He is the most social kid I've ever seen.

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October 14th, 2011, 08:28 AM
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Lex was my first. I was a nanny from the time he was 5 months old, so he was around the two girls I watched. Before that, I worked in the childcare at the Y and sometimes he would come along; plus, my mom did daycare and we would visit, so he was used to kids.

Do you have a gym membership? A lot of times, gyms will offer childcare for an hour or two while you use the facility, maybe you could look into that?
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October 14th, 2011, 10:14 AM
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I SAH and worry about this too, especially since Ethan has started this new attachment thing. I have a mommy group that gets together every so often, there are 3 of us in the group. I also take Ethan to a babysitter one day a week. I have a sitter on standby in case I get any sub jobs and I use her no matter what once a week so he gets used to kids and other people. She only charges me 35 bucks for the whole day and I get a break to clean my house.
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October 14th, 2011, 10:24 AM
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Britney is our 4th so she is constantly entertained with my sons. However, for my first son, I joined a mommy playgroup. They have local chapters all over the place. I can't think of the name of hand but we would get together with our LO's once a week (sometimes at each other's houses and sometimes at a park, etc.). I don't think I joined though until he was 2 but I know they have some for all ages. If I remember the name, I will let you know.
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October 14th, 2011, 11:16 AM
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I take Sofie to Baby Story Time at the library on Tuesdays. She is fascinated by other kids, I think because she never sees non-adults so small people kind of confuse her.
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October 14th, 2011, 08:30 PM
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When it was just Tyler I worried a lot about this. I worked at a daycare when he was 3 months old and he came with me when i went back from maternity leave. however it was only a month. after that i was really concerned about him not interacting with kids his own age. Now he has alyssa and im glad he has a friend to play with and same for her. Im happy she has her big brother. however i do want to get them involved with other kids. our library does story time for 2 year olds and siblings are welcome so i may start to bring him for that. its free. maybe look into that. or try to find some playgroups in your area.
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