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Preschool and socialization

We live in an area with very few children for my son to play with. Don’t I need to send him to a preschool, so he can have interaction with other children before he begins kindergarten?

Jill: The answer to this depends upon how old the child is. If he is three or under, I would say, “No!” He can become just as autonomous on his own at this time alone with you than with others. This can be the time to build his skills—listening, drawing, thinking, counting—then he will have the self-confidence he needs when he is with other children more. If he will be starting school in a year, short periods of time two or three times a week are a good way to introduce him to situations involving other children and social experiences. You could contact other mothers and have a play group where the children would rotate homes and spend a morning or two a week together.