Library Story Time - is a 2-year old too little?

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Library Story Time - is a 2-year old too little?
Thu, 02-23-2012 - 12:30pm

I took my grandbaby, who was 2 in January, to story time at the library. To be fair, I had misgivings, because she wasn't in the best mood to start with and hadn't had much breakfast. But she has seemed to enjoy it in the past. Today she was so disruptive, throwing herself in the floor and crying instead of listening to the stories and songs, that we had to leave. Mortifying, to be honest! Of course she had a fit because she didn't want to leave, too.

I'm wondering if she just isn't ready and perhaps I should wait a couple of months and try again. She's an only child, so I want to find opportunities for her to be around other children on the days I care for her. There were other children there, both older and younger, that sat and participated quietly.

Any advice? It seemed like anything I did to calm her or get her involved just made matters worse!

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Thu, 02-23-2012 - 2:39pm
Hello and welcome to the board!

I don't think that 2 is too young for story time at the library at all. Since your grandbaby has enjoyed it in the past, it could be that she was just having a bad day.

If it were me, I think I'd give it another try on a day where her spirits are high and she has a tummy full of breakfast. I'd probably sit in the back of the group and bring a sippy cup and small snack with me (if they are allowed). That way, if she's just not liking it you can try to pacify her a bit. If you find that you are encountering the same behavior as before, you can just slip out the back. If you find she's still not enjoying story time, I would probably wait a few months before trying again.

Oh, and I just have to say, I know it is mortifying when they act that way, but chances are that the other adults think nothing of it. In fact, when I see other kiddos acting this way, all I can think is "thank goodness my child isn't the only one that acts this way from time to time!" Chances are that we've all been there at one time or another!

Good luck and let us know how it goes!