Monday, January 7, 2013
It's Mommy Monday and we want to look at topics that are important to you as parents
Today's topic is raising a shy child and helping them succeed. You and your child's teacher can work together.
According to aboutourkids.org, first of all normalize shyness and depict it in a positive light. Nearly fifty percent of the adult population in the United States is believed to be shy, and shyness is normal.
Give shy children a job to do. Much like shy adults, shy children do better when they have something to do that allows them to feel like they're making a contribution and have a reason to interact with others.
Comment on their successes and post their work. Most shy children crave attention, but dread it at the same time they want to feel special. They have difficulty being in the limelight.
Playing games where family members raise their hand to speak.
Having children read stories to their parents instead of parents reading the stories to them.
Encourage children to speak for themselves whenever possible such as when ordering at restaurants, around guests.
Putting on plays and skits for other family members at home on a regular basis can also help. These will help with practicing social skills.