Our expert says:
Interesting and indeed curious, as you describe it. Maybe he acts out to gain your attention, because he has learned he WILL get extra attention from you, and maybe he doesn't do this at babyschool, because they won't respond so reliably or warmly if he does it there ?
What you describe of his comforting the distressed other child shows admirable character on his side, and you must be doing much that is right.
There can often be a negative feeedback loop, where highly caring and careful parents become so distressed when a child cries or seems distressed and the don't know what to do about it l that this in turn distresses the child, who picks up on the adults distress, and so on.
Try to concentrate more on rewarding and showing approval for his smiles, so that they get even more attention and reward than crying, and similarly to reward and encourage his play, and his calm ( not necessarily obviously happy ) behaviours.
What do other parents think ?
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