In most cases, children are eager to explore the world around them and interact with new people and things. However, there are also those, perhaps they might even be your own, who fear new situations and things. Shyness is more of a problem than you may think for some young children. The good thing is that you can help your child or children to break out of their shell.
Understanding and Compassion
The most important action you can take into helping a child overcome his or her shyness is to have compassion for their state and relate to them. Everyone has been shy at some point in their lives, so by relaying bashful stories from your own past, you send the message that it is OK to be shy sometimes.
Try not to label the child as shy either because that will reinforce the belief that they are shy and they’ll act accordingly. Without enabling, show empathy for their fear of social interaction and be gentle with them until they open up.
Once the child learns to trust you with his or her shyness, you can help them overcome it with proper encouragement. Tell the child how being outgoing is beneficial to them and how it may help them fulfil their dreams, as it may have helped you. Be a role model of outgoingness because children look up to you and will try to imitate you.
Setting goals is another useful tool. Try to get your child to open up at their own pace by setting realistic goals. It may take time, but they will break out eventually.
Shyness is a somewhat common problem among young children who are afraid to explore the world around them. Regardless of the reason, there is much you can do as a parent or childcare specialist in Perth to encourage them to break out of their shell and enjoy their world.
To learn about how we help overcome shyness, call the Carlisle centre at +61 (08) 9472 4702, the St James centre at +61 (08) 9358 4673 and the Bertram centre at +61 (08) 9419 1844.