This is probably more of a whine but I always appreciate encouragement from those who have went through it, too! In the last month, my kid has become very shy and super clingy with me. The holidays were pretty overwhelming for him and I feel like that's what sort of kicked it off. The large groups of people were very difficult for him and he seemed to have a tough time processing everything, especially newer people. He's the kind of kid who definitely needs time to warm up to new people and situations. Last week he had a play date with a friend at our house who he's played great with at her house before. He seemed very uncomfortable having her in our space-- almost territorial? His little friend is a couple of months older and her mom said that she went through something similar a couple of months ago where all she wanted as mom and didn't want to deal with other adults or play with kids either. Have any of you experienced this at around the 2.5-3 year old stage, too? I want to encourage him to interact well with others but I definitely don't want to push him, either-- pushing him just results in tantrums, both him and me, really. Do I just sit back and let it pass? I feel like I'm probably making more out of this than it is but it made me really sad when he wouldn't play with his friend.