Hello Rock Stars! It’s time for What Should I Do? Wednesdays! Today’s question comes from a subscriber who asked: “How can I help my shy child come out of her shell?” I love this one because I hear lots of parents worried about their shy child. “She’s so quiet. She’s not outgoing. She just keeps to herself. She doesn’t interact very much with the other kids.” My first thought would be – why do you need to change this? When did it become unacceptable to be shy or introverted? We are a society that tends to view shy or quiet as negative. Often, as adults, we correlate being shy with being sad, depressed, or lonely. Being shy doesn’t have to mean any of those things. One of the most important things we can do as parents is to support and value the intrinsic personalities of our children. Help them to see that they can be successful and flourish whether they are an introvert or an extrovert. Help them discover their strengths and learn what scenarios work for them. If they seem more content to be solo or just play with one other person, support them in that. Give them the permission to be who they are and let them know you love them for it.
Keep the questions coming and keep on rockin! ♥Megan