Make sure your child is part of a larger community, with a support system of loving and caring people. Build relationships with other parents so that your child has friends to play with and you have a network of friends with whom you can share your thoughts and concerns. Join or start a playgroup to give your child the opportunity to interact with her peers on a regular basis. Finally, plan outings together to continue the budding relationships, so your child will form friendships that will hopefully last a long time.
Kathleen Alfano Ph.D., Former Director of Child Research at Fisher-Price®
Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.