Every week I watch Parenthood and at some point in the show I am struck by how much I relate to it.
I really appreciated the significance of Max playing with another kid at the park in this week's episode. When your kid doesn't have friends you worry as much for his happiness as his social development and skills. The twins are 5 years old now and I'm keenly aware that the other 5 year olds in the neighborhood run around together like a little pack. Aliza goes from house to house, often with a gaggle of girls trailing behind her. The boys stay home, mostly. They love to be around other kids but I can't let them be in a group of kids without supervision. I certainly can't let them go over to the neighbor's house and ring the doorbell. Not that they want to. Currently I guess, one blessing we have is they don't have the cognitive skills to realize they are missing anything. But we work to socialize them, and hopefully one day they will be able to play with other kids without prompting from an adult, and without biting or pinching anyone.
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