Notes on Parenting

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Parenting Shy Kids


Some children are simply more shy and withdrawn than others. These children often have a less than secure attachment with their parents simply because they are more difficult children to interact with. In addition, parents who are overprotective and controlling in an attempt to protect their shy child may actually do more harm as they exacerbate the shyness.


How do you help your shy child grow and learn how to be a part of society while still maintaining a good relationship?

The best way to help your child is to be a supportive parent:
  • Encourage interaction with sociable children
  • Seek classroom environments that are not overwhelming (have more order and control)
  • Provide moderately challenging social situations to allow the child to progress (but where you believe they can succeed)
  • Provide opportunities to develop talents and feel greater competence
The key is to provide your child with opportunities and stretch them but don't stretch them too far!

Do you have any other suggestions for how to help your shy child?

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