So, your child is shy and introverted...

January 17, 2018

Ever wonder why some kids can just meet others for the first time and just hit it off as if they've been friends forever? Do you remember when you were that age and you had to make friends? Maybe at a new school or a new classroom? Well, its not all that easy for most of us. I can remember my mom gently nudging me to go play with the new kids while she enjoyed visiting their moms. I can remember the feeling of possibly not being accepted. Being rejected is never good and for some reason I felt they would not want me to join their fun times. Well, I had to repeat the same thing with my son and soon realized that it is the same as adults who look for an ice breaker to get a conversation going. That's it... an ice breaker or something in common that can make everyone feel welcomed and a part of the team. One thing that would help is to have a talk, before arriving, about treating the new friends with kindness and respect and to think of some things that they might have in common with your child. Not so much as a rehearsal of what your child should say, but just a reminder of some conversation starters might help relieve the fear and anxiety. Actually, if both moms or just you...going in and introducing with a side bar of their similarities might help ease both kids' curiosity of whether they could be friends. This is just a short intro to helping your child become more comfortable in  social settings when meeting and making new friends. Good things are coming soon. Stay tuned for more...

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