From elsewhere in The Post: A parent worries that her daughter’s tendency to march to the beat of her own drum will make her an outcast when she grows up.
“I’m not that worried about her overall because she is a happy child; she has friends and she does well in school. But I do worry about middle school, when the opinions of her classmates will matter much more than they do now. How do I prepare her for that?”says the letter writer to Family Almanac columnist Marguerite Kelly.
Letting the child explore her interests is one of the best things her parent can do, says Kelly.
“When you let your daughter build on her strengths, she will feel like a winner, and this will give her the courage to tackle the hard subjects as well as the easy ones,” Kelly writes.
This parent should also keep a log of her daughter’s development to better understand her child. Kelly suggests the parent divide a notebook into eight sections — talking; touching; seeing; listening; moving; eating; sensing and socializing — and file memories of the child in the right place.
What advice would you give this parent? How have you raised children who are quirky?