Babies rarely choose their friends – maybe that’s true for us, too | Séamas O’Reilly

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Our baby son is enjoying the friendships we are forcing on him – but what choice do adults have? After a few months of somewhat patchy interactions with other babies, it’s a surprise to find my son is now something of a social butterfly. In fact, given the demands of parenting and my fondness for my own company, it’s fair to say he meets more of his friends than I do. Perhaps it’s my insecurity about this that makes me question the nature of these friendships. The relationships he has with these other people, all babies, are speculative at best. I mean, we usually have to tell him that these …

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