He went to preschool last year and he will go again this year. He likes preschool and looks forward to it. But his teacher did tell me he is a strong willed child that knows what he wants.
I think he is just used to you being there with him and prefers it that way. I am glad he is not having trouble adjusting to school where he must share a teacher with so many other children. Is there a summer activity that will also give you some much needed time alone?.
To clarify regarding oppositional defiant children… they generally are angry, argumentative, do not comply with the rules, blame others, are touchy and easily hurt. The teachers description of the Strong-willed Child describes a temperament which is neither good nor bad but is his personality. I think he will outgrow the need to have you in the room at all times and be sure to praise him when he does this even for a short time.
So to summarize..it is not bad. It is just what he is used to and what he prefers, being the strong willed child that he is. In school he will learn to be patient, be independent and that he needs to cooperative when he can't always have things his way.
Does this answer your concern? If it is not what you were expecting please let me know.