"What do you do if you see a kid standing all alone in the schoolyard?"
I asked, wanting to test my boys' social acuity.
"Well," said Christopher, "if he looks like he is lonely and has no one to talk to, I'd walk over and introduce myself and ask if he wants to play."
Music to a mother's ears.
That didn't do it for Benjamin. He needed another scenario:
"If he is sitting on a rock all by himself, and he is writing something, I'll go over and ask if he wants to play."
Can you tell that Benjamin has issues with writing?