My daugther is almost 17 month old which is our first child and she is not in kindergarten yet (starts in two month). Whenever we go with her on a playground or meet her neighboring friend (same age) she behaves very dominant. This behavior includes:
- taking away toys - even from much older children (4-5 years old)
- claiming all kind of objects from the moment her peers hold them
- trying to hug and snuggle other children
- when we offer fruits to all children she tries to eat all at once
So far she has never been violent in the sense of hitting or scratching other children. So we think this is not a problematic thing. Still, we are asking ourselves how to deal with this kind of behavior.
We talked to several friends, read about it and talked to the pediatrist and what we hear is mostly "Kindergarten will balance this out through social interaction". Meaning we should not handle this at all and let her be.
I sometimes tend to interrupt her when she shows this behavior, but I am not sure if this affects her negatively e. g. by stopping her beeing exotroverted and open minded.
Are there other opinions or similar experiences?