The "please and thank you" thread got me thinking about this. My DD is nearly 3 and very shy around others. It takesher a long time to warm up to a situation, even when she knows the people well. She rarely initiates conversation with anyone other than myself, DH and her grandparents.
We go to a regular playgroup and the other moms are very insistent that their kids all greet each other with hello, say please, thank you, sorry, and goodbye. Their kids are all pretty good about it. I do encourage DD to especially say hello and goodbye (she's pretty good with please and thank you when reminded), but she's so shy that she just clings to me. She usually won't even say hello or goodbye to her grandparents or DH.
Is this normal for her age and is anything to do about it other than just encourage her and be patient?
I'm also very torn on the idea of preschool for the fall, wondering if the time away from me with other kids will help her overcome some of her shyness or make it worse. Any ideas?