Soooo....can a child become too attached? My heart tells me that a child needs to be with their Mama/parents - that is the most important thing for them. I got unsolicited advice today from MIL saying that my ds needs to spend more time away from me & with other children. I tend to disagree but thought I would check in here. I admit he hasn't been away from us much...but mostly b/c of his needs / desires. We try to listen & meet his emotional needs. We've never left him with anyone other than family (which are long distance so it's occasional) & one good set of friends who used to live near us but now we have moved away ~3mos ago. We don't know anyone here well enough for any of us to be comfortable leaving him with. We don't do preschool nor am I sure if I want to do any compulsory schooling - as I am seriously considering homeschooling. We are active with playdates & other outings with kids with me there. So much that sometimes I try to cutback b/c he says he prefers just to be & play with me & his younger sister. He is a homebody but does well with one or two other kids...it's just hard to get him out the door. I feel that he does well socially though & is not lacking & definitely doesn't need daycare or school etc to show him how to be like everyone else...He is very strong willed & when we have tried to do activities without me he refused (swim lessons / gymnastics). when I ask him if he would like to go to a day camp for kids his age for 2 hrs in the AM he says only if his sister & I can go too. I would like to honor his needs -even though he is 2 weeks shy of being 4 I feel like he knows what is best for him - is this crazy thinking? Am I right for respecting his thoughts & trying to honor his needs & requests or should I push him out of his comfort zone?