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Navigating social situations with young kids can feel tricky sometimes especially when other people’s children are involved. It can be easy to slip into “performative parenting” when we parent for the audience rather than our child.

My go-to tool for the early childhood social scene is: narration, curiosity, and translation. Narration suspends judgement, so our children are less likely to get defensive and more likely to be receptive to what we say. It also validates and brings a new level of awareness to the situation (translation). One child feels understood and empowered, the other child begins to notice how their actions may be impacting others.

A quick example:

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