How to Help Shy Kids Break Out of Their Shell Infographic
As your children grow up, you want them to be able to grow into their own skin and explore the world around them so that they can become well-rounded individuals. However, this can sometimes be tough, because children will naturally shy away from new situations that they find uncomfortable. What can you do to help your son or daughter break out of his or her shell? The How to Help Shy Kids Break Out of Their Shell Infographic provides a few tips that will help you learn more about your child’s shyness so that you can relate and help foster positive development.
1. Nurture your child’s needs with responsive nurturingIt helps sensitive children learn to calm themselves and manage their reactions.
- Heightened sensitivity becomes an asset.
- Makes them more responsive to their peers’ needs.
- Can better negotiate group situations.
2. Emphasize your child’s worries and don’t shame them
- Helps them develop empathy.
- Enhances social skills and connect with others.
- Don’t use negative judgment.
3. Model confident behavior
- Be Friendly to strangers, help others.
- Kids learn from watching us.
4. Teach your child basic social skills to use with adults and children
- Make eye contact smile
- Shake hand
- Respond to polite chit-chat.
5. Help your child learn to make new friends
- Role play how to interact with other kids.
- Successful kids observe first and find a way to fit into a group.
- Read books about social skills with your child.
6. Don’t label your child as shy
- Children need to feel confident handling situations when parents aren't around.
- Roleplaying helps manage anxiety.
7. Coach your child to express his/her needs and stand up for himself/herself in social situations
- Acknowledge his/ her worries.
- Let him/her know they can overcome their fears.
8. Teach effective strategies for dealing with feelings
- Accept nervousness as a part of normal life,
- Reassure yourself that you’re okay.
- Focus on others than yourself.
9. Provide daily opportunities to interact with others
- Socially anxious kids need downtime.
- They also need to practice social skills.
10. Don’t push your child to perform
- Some kids like to perform, others don't.
- Make him/her feel valued either way.
11. One good friend is worth many acquaintances
- Your child should have someone to talk to.
- They don't have to be the life of the party.
12. Don’t teach your child to be afraid of strangers
- It creates anxiety
- Your child can trust you, a teacher, or babysitter,
13. If your child is usually fearful, they need to express themselves
- Repressing fears makes things worse.
- Makes kids more fearful and rigid,
- Try to have them release anxiety
14. A good way to test your children’s ability to be independent
Enroll them in sleepaway camp They will gain:
- Social skills
- Healthy attitudes