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Emotionally Ready for Kindergarten?

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Q: Our son is in his second year of preschool. He is smart, attentive, and well behaved, but he does not socialize easily. While he had a very good year last year and loved his teachers, this year he expresses anxiety about going to school. Other parents have told us that these teachers seem cold and that their children are unhappy too. The teachers have recommended that our son not start kindergarten in the fall. I can appreciate their concerns about his social skills, but fear that things will be worse if he is with younger children whose interests are less similar to his. What do you advise?

Q: We have a very bright 4 year old who gets lots of attention at home, but cries at the drop of a hat. She is eligible for kindergarten next year. We know she's ready intellectually, but wonder about her emotional m