Coping with Shyness

Every child is born with a different temperament. Some are outgoing, quick to warm up to new people and join in group activities. Others are more reserved, taking their time in new situations.

A shy child may display the following characteristics:

  • A preference for you or for just a few playmates, rather than a large group
  • Resistance to new environments or caregivers
  • Anxiety in crowded places
  • Apprehension toward trying new things

If your child tends to be shy, there are some things you can do to help her get comfortable in new environments and with new people.

  • Give your child time to adjust to new places and experiences at her own pace.
  • Practice real-world interaction at home before they happen.
  • Let her talk about her fears and then help her work through them
  • Incorporate structured activities into parties and playdates.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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