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To the worried mom with the precocious 4-year-old: It’s important to remember that just because a child shows early intellectual development, it doesn’t mean they will be advanced socially and emotionally. Usually, just the opposite is true. Children develop at uneven rates and in different areas at different ages. Also, it’s clear that she feels more secure at home than at day care. Is there a possibility that she could deal with only one other child outside of the family with a babysitter in your home? She doesn’t sound quite ready for the social demands of day care. There is nothing wrong with her needing more time before she joins a larger group. I suggest that you ease her into social situations in smaller, more gradual increments. Good luck.


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