Today is my daughter's 4th birthday :) Hubs and I went to her preschool to attend her preschool snacktime with her birthday cookies. She's an only child, without any cousins or many playmates her age outside of school, so we're always eager to see how she plays with other kids.
Long story short, she's one of those kids that neither follows nor leads. She'll play with other kids if invited but has yet to invite other kids to play with her. Watching her in school today, my husband and I have a feeling that she's shaping up to be the "weird kid" growing up, the one who always marches to the beat of her own drummer.
Our main concern is understanding how best to nurture her independent spirit. We were both the same way growing up and know first hand how cruel kids can be if you're, for whatever reason, not part of a peer group. I know she may change or grow out of it but in the meantime, and if she doesn't, what are some good ways to help build her up so that she grows a thick skin?