I have a wonderful and smart and loving and nice and kind 8 year old.
Unfortunately it seems that all of those attributes at this age don't mean anything if you're socially awkward.
My 8 year old can be really sensitive and I'm noticing that the other kids, while they say hi to him when they see him (and he doesn't usually respond, but turns away pretending he didn't hear them), they don't readily play with him.
He's very nice and when you're playing with him, can be a lot of fun. But he's sort of a nerd.
I get so sad. He came over to me after school crying because their were some girls playing on the slide, which he was playing on first, and took over the space, doing exactly what he was doing, but telling him not to do that. He got really upset, and actually cried. This is the 2nd time I've seen him cry on the playground because people aren't being accepting of playing with him.
He's in 3rd grade. For me this was a pivotal year, and I made friends and had them for the next several years. Is it boys, or what? Why doesn't my nice child have any friends??