I have a daughter who is in second grade. I volunteer in her classroom once a week, so I have a chance to see all the kids in her class on a regular basis. I have noticed that the kids are extremely critical of each other, both in the classroom and out. They pick on the smallest things ("You painted your cat BLUE? Why would you do that?" "I can't even read your name the way you wrote it." "You like raisins?!?"). We were at a birthday party this weekend, and my daughter had made a card for the birthday girl that said "I hope you enjoy being 8!" The girl immediately said, "You wrote 81!" and when my daughter explained that it was an exclamation point and not a 1 after the 8, another girl said, "Well, we can't even read it because there's so much stuff all over it." (My daughter had indeed spent a long time decorating it.) I wouldn't think that much of a comment like that if I didn't see that kind of behavior ALL THE TIME. Is this typical of kids this age? Should I say anything? Should I mention anything to my daughter about it? I would love to know if other parents have observed this kind of constant nitpicking among their children's friends and classmates. I find it very depressing.