I had the chance to meet up with the mom and she went into the details of why she had regrets. Her reasons were totally alien to me and very unexpected. I would never have thought to link early reading to early maturity and the inability to play and express emotions.
This led me to read up on Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf schools. I tried to digest his philosophy but got cross-eyed after reading one paragraph. I gave up.
After surfing a little more, I stumbled on a lovely site - Homeschool Diner that deals with delayed instruction and the research done on this approach.
Now to read the free e-book on Charlotte Mason's methods.
Not tonight however. Need to uncross my eyes first.