Cracking the Shell of the Shy Child
Unfriendly, Or Just Shy? How parents can help a shy child come out of their shell.
What You Need To Know
Shy children are often seen by other children as less friendly. In addition, shy children may see themselves as less friendly. As a result, they can be neglected by their peers and get fewer chances to develop social skills.
How You Can Help
- Accept the child fully. Your child has lots of qualities, not just shyness. Try not to focus on this one aspect, but build your relationship across many parts. You want your child to develop in several areas, and confidence in one part of their life will spill over into others.
- Boost self-esteem. Praise shy children as much as you can. Sometimes, shyness can be connected to low self-image, so parents should do all they can to encourage a shy child and make them feel secure and loved.
- Build social skills. Start with your child playing one-on-one, which will enable them to assert themselves. New groups of peers can be helpful too, as children will be able to make a fresh start with new faces.
- Give your child space. Shy first graders may take a little longer to get used to new places or people. Find interesting ways to encourage them to play with others – “Lauren, did you know that Maria has a pony out back?” Whatever way you choose, though, don’t push them.
Shyness can be good. Modesty and reserve, two elements of being shy, are terrific qualities which many parents of more rambunctious children would love their kids to possess. If your child is comfortable and not neglected by others, they should be fine.
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