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How to Encourage a Shy Child

Posted on 08-19-2015 | Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco and Legacy West

In a world where the charismatic and outgoing personalities dominate, it can be easy to label a shy or sensitive child as somehow socially malfunctioning. In reality, being shy is not a personality fault, it’s one of the many traits that make up the DNA of your child!

If you have a shy child, try to learn the situations that seem to make your child uncomfortable and seek to help him communicate his feelings. Sometimes a new circumstance or environment will bring out your child’s shyness – such as starting at a new preschool or meeting a new neighbor. It’s important to help your child feel comfortable when he is adjusting to a new environment. Take time to listen to why your child is shy and how you can help him understand the new circumstance. Your child will not magically become comfortable overnight but by helping him understand the new circumstance, you are also helping him feel more secure and valued.

Unfortunately, other children who have bolder personalities may intimidate your child purposefully or just by being more outgoing. Talk with your child about the experience at preschool or in play group. Ask specific questions about the day to help pinpoint the source of anxiety so you can address it effectively.

Consider these other ideas for how to encourage your shy child:

  • Spend time in situations where your child feels completely comfortable. Whether at home, at a nearby park, or with close friends, positive social interactions will give him the confidence to adjust to new circumstances.
  • If your child will be attending a new childcare or preschool, take a tour with your child and show him the classrooms, cafeteria, playgrounds and any other new area he may experience. If you have a chance to meet with his teachers before the first day, take advantage of it!
  • Since outgoing personalities can be intimidating for a shy child, encourage him to find other quiet children in his new preschool or neighborhood that he can play with.
  • Help your child discover what he likes to do for fun and encourage him in those activities!

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco and Legacy West understand that every child is special and unique. Our standards-based curriculum is designed to help children learn through a variety of activities and approaches. Whether you’re looking for a place that offers an excellent Before/After School program or a preschool program that will help your shy child thrive, we are confident in the care and education of every child! Stop by for a visit and tour our secure, friendly state-of-the-art facility, today!

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