Just a comment on socializing kids (playgroups, birthday parties). While I agree itís best not to shelter kids from reality, some kids are introverts by nature, not because of their birthmarks. Until I was about six or seven, not a soul
teased me about my birthmarks, but I was nonetheless very introverted pretty much from birth (well, so Iím told
). Iíve always just found social activity too draining to enjoy much of it. Forcing a naturally introverted kid to go to birthday parties and such can do more harm than good and may cause behavioral problems that wouldnít be there otherwise. Take a look at www.theintrovertzcoach.com
(Hint: introverts, calico or otherwise, hate surprise parties!). After all, underneath our birthmarks, weíre human beings who are allowed to have personalities, right?