I read an article about bullying in preschool, and now I'm hypersensitive to it. DD is an introvert and make come across as unfriendly to some. Other kids may see that as her being rude or not nice and may treat her poorly b/c of it. She has already been pushed and spit on in her preschool class this year. I didn't make a big deal about the pushing b/c it was another girl who did it, and I figured it was normal 4-yr old behavior. But, for the spitting I told her she needs to tell the teacher when that happens (according to her the teacher did punish the student, but it's hard to tell what really happened from DD's stories).
I'm struggling with what is normal behavior at this age group vs. bullying, as well as how to get DD to understand how to react to it. I want her to stand up for herself, but I don't want to tell her to push/fight back.