The other day I took Staley to the park to play. There was a grade school aged girl who was playing alone. Staley went up to her and asked, "What's your name?" The little girl answered. Staley followed up with, "How old are you?" The little girl told Staley that she was 6. Then Staley told her, "I really like your twirly dress. Do you want to swing on the green swing?" For 2 years old, I thought that Staley's ability to lead a conversation, fit in a compliment, and invite a child (4 years older than her) to play was pretty impressive.
During that same park trip, a young mother had brought her son to the park to play. The mother had a long braid down her back. Staley went up to her and asked, "Are you Rapunzel?" The mother seemed taken back, but hopefully she viewed it as a compliment.
I just love to watch Staley interact with other kids. When playing with her Walles cousins recently, she informed us that Elliott and Liam were her princes and she invited them to go the ball. (Elliott wasn't interested in going to the ball since it didn't have anything to do with Star Wars, but Liam was pretty agreeable.) When her cousin Olivia turned 6, Staley got to go to her birthday party that was primarily attended by Olivia's same-age peers. During present opening, instead of sitting with Zach, Staley chose to sit on the floor in the middle of the group of older kids to watch Olivia open her gifts. Hugs and kisses are freely given to cousins and friends. Staley loves to color and paint pictures to give to others. And her caring and generous nature extends to her little sister as well. Staley reads to her, holds her hand, plays with her on her playmat, shares toys, helps pick out her clothes, soothes her when she's fussy, and gives her plenty of tickles and pats.
My heart fills when I watch my daughter grow socially into someone who is a good friend--sharing, caring, loving, and kind. I'm so proud of the person that Staley is becoming.
Staley 'reading' to Adelie
My social little girl