She is alone, but is she lonely?
August 22, 2016 4:17am CST
My two elder children always spend time together all day long. They usually do not take afternoon nap, even though I thought they should be tired. Just now, my eldest son was taking a nap. I think he must be really tired. As my baby was not sleeping really well, so I was carrying him. My little girl was walking around, playing on her own. I wanted to spend some time with her as I thought she might be lonely as she was alone. But when I looked at her, she was enjoying herself, building the blocks while telling a story, and she was doing something on her own too. Though she was alone, she was not lonely at all. I think kids know how to entertain themselves always as they always have lots of things to do. I also never feel lonely when I am alone, as there are just too many things for me to do. Do you feel lonely when you are alone?
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22 Aug 16
I think children might be express needs for companionship differently, like having an imaginary best friend is a usual one. I think there's a difference between socially neglected and spending quality time alone. As long as the child is equally happy spending time with peers as well as being alone, I don't see any issue there.
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22 Aug 16
I need a lot of alone time to be happy. If I don't get that time I can be very irritable and not fun to be around anyway. For me the feeling of loneliness comes from being unhappy or bored, rather than being physically alone. I can be surrounded by people and still feel super lonely, or be completely solo for several days and not even notice I haven't interacted with people. I would be more lonely if I didn't have pets. Constant animal companionship means a lot.
22 Aug 16
My daughter who is an only child , also would play by herself and she's happy Though , we would sometimes import a playmate / neighbor whom became her best friend that time . They would play inside the house , eat together too , because i told our helper to include her for lunch .