My 4 1/2yr old daughter turns five at the end of August so she makes the Sept 1st deadline to start kindergarten when she turns 5. Her teacher tells me she is ready academically and socially. My sister who is a teacher is recommending I hold her back a year as she feels it is better to be older than younger so you might be older/wiser to not succomb to peer pressure. Also with the common core standards kids are supposed to know so much. My daughter is very verbal and won't let anyone get away with anything but she is also on the 2nd percentile for height and I honestly feel she will always be on the short side. I'm thinking of maybe a target for being bullied. She is also cautious when trying things, takes her longer than her peers but will eventually do it. So does that mean she lacks confidence? If so would another year of holding her back help? I admit I don't have much confidence myself and I was one of the older kids in class. So I don't know if that matters. I hate this decision!