Not Playing with Others

Wondering why your child doesn’t seem to want to play with other children his or her age?


Younger toddlers will typically watch other children play and may even follow them. But they’re more likely to stick close to Mom (their favorite playmate) or play on their own. You may also see your child playing next to—but not with—another child (referred to as “parallel play”).

Between ages 2 and 3, children become more social and begin to play together.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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