At 16 months old, my little boy’s personality is getting clearer and clearer. He is silly, snuggly, and sweet, with a heart for the outdoors, books, and balloons. And with each day that passes, he seems to be more and more interested in other people. Strangers at the coffee shop? He’ll go wander inches from their table and look up at them with wide eyes. Other kids at the playground? He’ll stand still and watch, challenging them to the cutest staring contest ever. Grandparents visiting? He’ll wave from the window the moment they arrive, exert himself running around as they gleefully chase him, then wave until their car drives away. I may still be new at this parenting thing, but one thing’s for sure: He can’t get enough of being around people who aren’t his parents.
I’m technically an extrovert too, albeit apparently not as much as my kid. Our little is cautious when it comes to communicating with strangers (so far, this isn’t a bad thing) but his fascination is so apparent that I’m thinking he is an extrovert in the making. Here are the main reasons I think he’s destined for a life of getting energized by others: