My son is 4 1/2. He's been in daycare and preschool since he was 6 months old. As such, he has been surrounded by other kids every weekday for his whole life. As an introvert, I totally feel empathy for his situation. He sometimes complains to me and my husband that when at school, he wants to be left alone or have quiet/alone time. However, when we talk to his teachers about this, they act surprised and say that he's as active, social and talkative as all the other kids.
On the weekend, he wants nothing more than to enjoy his "stay home day." He wants to stay home and play with his cars and trucks, and it's hard to get him to go out. I sometimes let him stay home...but I start to get cabin fever and feel like we both get bored and start getting frustrated with the situation. So, I struggle with this -- is it good to give him that experience of just enjoying being at home? Is this a sign that his environment is not right for him and he's out of balance? Or, should we schedule activities and outings and recognize that he's just never going to want to shift gears, regardless of what he's doing? My inclination is to give him one solid day at home and then schedule something fun for us to do on the other.