Observe the toddler when another toddler is close by. Have several toys within the toddler’s reach.
No elicitation needed.
Even if the adult is close by, the child will choose to play close to or with the peer. The child still fights over small toys, but cooperates with larger play materials.
Some parents may start to feel a sense of loss of their “baby” as the toddler prefers to move away and play with peers. Help parents understand the importance of this phase of independence and move toward expanding the child’s social world. Encourage play dates at parks or play areas to reduce conflicts
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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