So we live on a cul-de-sac in a newer, younger development, with many neighbors with other young children, which is great sometimes, but, a few of the kids are a year or two older than DD, and at this age, 3, that makes a big difference. It's like my DD is ok to play with by the other kids if no one else is around, and as soon as another one of the "older" kids is around, she is left in the dust. I try to redirect her to play with the other 3 year olds, but that doesn't always work either.
Well today DD's "friends" and one parent decided to go for a bike ride, which I thought was staying in the neighborhood, so fine, but all the other kids have thier big kid bikes, and DD has no interest in her big kid bike, she is just as happy on her Dora big wheel, or on a scooter. So I decided to walk with her while she rode, but she could not keep up with them, and they did not wait up for her, and then when we did catch up, they decided, with the parent with them, to go up the busy street to the school, and I make DD turn around. She couldn't keep up, I did not want to ride on a busy street even with a side walk, and it was getting late. Not one of those kids have to get up in the morning like we do.
Anyway, she was so upset, crying that her friends left her, crying for our neighbors who we are closest with who have been on vacation the past week, and I just felt so bad. I tried explaining that the big kid bikes go faster, that we can start learning to do it if she wants, that we had to get ready for bed and they didn't, I just didn't know what to say, and her crying, knowing her feelings were hurt, broke my heart.
what would you have done? what do you do in general, kids are kids, she is always gonna be second best with the big kids, atleast for now.