Ok, so my DD is 2 and 3/4. When she was 2.5 years old she moved from the baby daycare center to the 3-5 year old center. She never really played together with kids before, she used to play alone a lot. It seems as though she has been playing more with the 4 year olds at her new daycare, which is great, but there are some issues developing and I don't know what to do/say to her about it. This is all new to me.
So last night at dinner K says to me "Gabby doesn't want to play with me!" (Gabby is a 4 year old). I can't remember exactly what I said but likely it was something about being sorry to hear that and that sometimes kids want to play with different kids and that's ok too. Then at bed time I was cleaning SAND out of her eyes and nose and she told me that Gabby threw sand in her face. This just breaks my heart to hear!
This morning I mentioned it to one of her daycare workers and she said that she was talking to the owner and missed exactly what happened in the sandbox and then K wouldn't tell her who did it. After I mentioned it she wrote it down in her book. She told me that K loves playing with the big kids but doesn't understand when the big kids are done playing with her. It sounds like she pesters them and won't leave them alone until they scream at her to go away. OMG, I want to cry! So sad. Her teacher said she has had to physically take K to the other side of the yard and get her involved in a new activity so she'll leave the older kids alone.
Sooooo, how do I handle this at home? Any idea? I feel so bad that she is going through this and I want to help her deal with some of the feelings and perhaps help her understand why kids sometimes don't want to play with her. I was excluded a lot as a child so perhaps I'm just extra sensitive to this scenario.
Thoughts? Thanks in advance ladies.