Parallel Play Reinvented

Peter & Petra played together today. It was so interesting to watch them -- their facial expressions, their decisions to share or not to share, their desire for solitude vs. their interaction. It's widely known that children usually play by themselves until around age two where they begin something called parallel play. At this point, they play side by side, but not really interacting much.

Today, I thought my son and his friend were going far beyond just parallel play. They were checking each other out, giving nonverbal cues, giving and taking, and even showing each other things. It was amazing! I liked the way this article described what I saw today. Take a look for yourself!