Shy children–whether it’s at the park, a birthday party, or school drop-off, we’ve all seen a kiddo hanging on to his mother’s leg for dear life, not wanting to let go. We’ve also seen the frustration on the mother’s face, knowing that her child will have a fantastic time if he only let himself go. Parenting a shy child and bringing them out of their shell can be difficult, and hard to know the “right” way to do it. So, Breezy Mama asked several mothers of shy kids what advice they needed to know in order to help their child open up, and then we turned to our favorite Go-To family psychotherapist, Dr. Frances Walfish, Psy.D. for the answers. Whether you’re having trouble saying good-bye at the classroom or wanting to know how to bring your child into a group, we’ve got solution for you.
First off, I’ve read that we never call our children “shy” so that they can hear. Why is this so important?
Most shy children are terribly uncomfortable being under a microscope or in the spotlight. They do not like having their pictures taken, being observed, or feeling categorically labeled. If you call your child “shy”, the risk is that they may [Read more…] about Why You May Be Doing More Harm Than Good For Your Shy Child