Why You Should Worry about Shyness
We've all had interaction with a "shy" child—the boy or girl who is slow to warm up to others. Maybe you were shy as a youngster, or your sibling, friend, niece or nephew, own child, or grandchild was/is shy. Most kids cling to their parent when meeting new people, and many are hesitant to speak or interact with others sometimes, but shyness that persists over time may be a cause for concern.
Shyness can be problem when it causes the child to play alone among groups of other children. Kids who do not engage in social interaction typical for their age and development miss out on important learning experiences and skills—like understanding others" feelings, taking turns, negotiating, and expressing their opinions in acceptable ways. Shyness can make it difficult to make friends and lead to exclusion and bullying.
If you're concerned about shyness, a psychologist, child psychologist, or online program might be helpful. It's important to take clues from the child—does he or she complain about being lonely or appear miserable or anxious?—and offer encouragement in a supportive manner.
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