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4 Easy Tips for Moms to Nurture Your Shy Kid

The term shy is vague in its definition, but it’s often associated with an introverted personality. In most cases, though, shyness is not a problem. Although parents, teachers and other adults around the “shy kid” may mark it as such. In fact, the problem in a majority of the cases is related to the labelling itself, and that is a scientific fact, rather than being an opinion. Our first tip towards helping a shy child blossom is closely related to the labelling that adults are often guilty of.

 Our first tip towards helping a shy kid blossom is closely related to the labelling that adults are often guilty of. Read on for more.

Do Not Mark Your Child as the Shy Kid

When a young child is openly designated as being shy or introverted, they will eventually assume a personality that best fits this description. The power of suggestion can have immense and life-altering impacts on young minds, so be careful with the term, especially if you do not want your child to have an unnaturally shy personality in the future. There is a sharp difference between someone who has an innate, introverted personality, and a child who assumes a role because he/she thinks that being shy will grant them a place in his/her little social surroundings.


Help a Truly Shy Child Develop Social Skills with Team Sports

Social skills are important life skills that most of us pick up during our early pre-school and school years. As we are discussing young children, it can be simply defined as the ability to make friends. Now, if your child is unable to be friends with anyone at all, then offering a little bit of help is advised.

How exactly you offer that help to a child will vary, depending on their personality, interests, etc. For example, introducing them to a sport like baseball for both fun and for training can be extremely effective on two fronts:

  1. They will be learning a game that requires teamwork, which means that sociability on the playing field will come naturally to them later on
  2. If they are taught and trained from an early age, they will find it much more enjoyable to be part of a social circle, whenever a sport is involved

This also applies to any other team activity or sport that they might be interested in or good at. Not only does early training help children get over their tag of shyness, but in rare cases, you might just find be able to unlock a talent hidden inside that introverted personality.

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Games for Shy Toddlers

Now, when we are talking about toddlers or slightly older children who cannot yet be involved in team activities that require perfect coordination, there are a bunch of effective games that parents and young children can play to help the child get over his/her fears and shyness towards specific or general situations. To know how to utilize games like Crazy Wind, Shy Ladybug, Wild Teddy, Running Away and other similar games that were designed by parents and teachers to help their own children, or those under their care, visit this page.


Identify the Issue, If and When It Exists

As mentioned previously, just because a child has a shy personality, it does not automatically mean that they have a problem. Unfortunately, shyness can also be indicative of an underlying issue in some cases. For example, your son could be scared inside because he is getting bullied at school. Bullying can involve beat downs and public shaming, so inquire about it before something serious happens

Provide a safe, non-judgmental haven for your child at home, so that they can always share their problems with their parents. If a child feels closed off, their innate introverted nature will cause them to shut themselves down quite readily. They will start keeping things from their guardians, which is a potential scenario for disaster, both in the short and the long term.


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Game Zone Pickin’ Chickens Tabletop Action Game; Multiplayer for up to 4 Children Ages 4 and Older (Toy)


  • KEEP YOUR CHICKENS SAFE: Cluck cluck! Keep your chickens safe with the farmer’s help – and watch out for that sneaky, sly fox! Which chicken is under the henhouse? The green one? The yellow one? Take a peek to find out; spin the wheel and hope that you-know-who doesn’t spring up
  • GET YOUR HENS BEFORE THE FOX DOES: Bag the Farmer card to protect those little chicks of yours, but beware – your fellow players might pinch it at any time! You’ll need just a handful of hens to be crowned the winner, so get pickin’ those chickens!
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  • LEARN TO TAKE TURNS: Playing games early in childhood is important for teaching kids fair play and taking turns. It helps them develop good sportsmanship and a healthy competitive nature. They can gulp their way to the top with a positive, rule-following attitude.
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Jennifer is the owner of TWL Working Moms. She is a full time teacher, a mom & step mom, and NBCT Facilitator. Jennifer lives in Washington State and is a born + raised New Yorker. In her spare time, she loves traveling, yoga, the beach, writing, listening to books and drinking coffee.

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  1. My son was extremely shy to the point he was diagnosed with Selective Mutism. He’s gotten better but he stillr refuses to be on any kind of sports team.

  2. This really hit home because my daughter has this personality sometimes. I’m excited to try some of the games with her. What a fun way to work through those feelings!

  3. These are great recommendations and I am glad that my kids are not a shy type person. I will share this with my relatives.

  4. I think your comment about being cautious about labeling your child as shy at a young age is spot on. We have to let them become who they are going to be, and make sure we are there to support and guide them along the way!

  5. My child is no where near shy, but I will pass this along to someone else who might find it helpful! I think these are great tips.

  6. Oh yes it’s important to know the cause first because that way, it will be easier to know what to do with a “shy” kid. These tips are really helpful!

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