We’re all born with a certain temperament. Some children are more withdrawn than others. But too much shyness can lead to problems with friendships and even in class.
Here are some things parents can do to help:
Help your child face new situations. Most shy children have a hard time doing something unfamiliar. You might say “Let’s give this a try. I bet it will be fun.”
Build a bridge to other children. Look for an activity that interests your child. If he’s with other kids who love music, it will be easier to talk. Don’t overdo the activities—shy kids need “down time” even more than most children.
Get your child used to stating his opinion. In the car, ask him what he thinks about something. Which TV show is the best? Who’s going to win the Super Bowl? This will give him practice putting his thoughts into words.
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