As a child grows up, they encounter various people. Some people they come face to face with are either from school, home, neighborhood, church, and malls. Socializing and making friends are both essential to a human’s life. In early childhood, some kids are innately sociable. However, there are kids that take too long to get along with others. Socializing and making friends isn’t their cup of tea. If your child is one of those children, then this article might help you.
Being shy at an early age is normal. Toddlers in the age range of 6 months old-2 years old will normally shy away from people. However, this won’t take long especially to those kids that are natural in socializing and making friends. My child is an example of a shy kid at first. However, when they reached a year old, they are the ones who won’t stop talking. My daughter also loves to be surrounded by people she can talk and play with. Socializing and making friends at school is easy for her.
Socializing and Making Friends for the Developing Child
Your child won’t be inside your house. You won’t always be by their side. Allow your child to explore and know other people. However, some children find it hard to warm up to others. We all know that there are extroverts and introverts. Extroverts are those people who are good at initiating encounters with other people. Whereas, introverts are individuals who are comfortable with their personal space. It usually takes time for them to be at ease with people who are new to them.
There is a reason for each action. Your child’s shyness is caused by something and not because they don’t like other people. Listed below are several reasons leading to your child to be shy.
A child who figures out that they are the only person who isn’t able to talk becomes discouraged themselves. This results in shyness for the reason that a complex is growing inside of them. A child can either back out of a conversation or avoid one at all cost.
When someone wants to talk to a child, parents usually answer them. This is good, but it causes the child to be shyer. They’ll think that talking isn’t their job. The flow of conversation always in the same routine like “Hi Joy what grade are you in already?” even before the child can answer parents have already answered for them.
Unfamiliar faces and situations can trigger anxiety in a child. Due to always staying indoors they are not used to people who are strangers for them. This results in crying and clinging too much to parents. Also, children who experienced mocking, and harsh comments tend to be shy. The bad experience created anxiety within themselves that is hard to deal with.
Being shy is genetically inherited. This is their genetic makeup.
Most kids are emotionally sensitive. The way they cope up with their sensitivity is to avoid other people. Kids like this usually sit in a corner or cling to their mothers at event gatherings.
Lack of Social Interaction
These are kids who spent half of their childhood just under their roof. They barely go out. Allowing them to socialize for the first time will rattle them. Starting a conversation for them is hard. They will instead be quiet than initiating the talk.
Help a Shy Child in Socializing and Making Friends
Having friends makes life easier to deal with. Do not let your child grow up without overcoming their shyness. Sooner or later they are going to face the real world. You will not always be there when they turn into adults. So as long as they are young, teach them about socializing and making friends. They may not fully overcome it at least they know how to interact with non-family members.
Here are some tips and tricks that can get your child to step out of the shy zone:
Don’t Address Them as Shy
Hearing the word shy being addressed to them gives a negative impact on them. They will think that something is wrong with how they act.
Give them Compliments
Once your child talked to a stranger without being flustered, it is a must to compliment them. Praising them for a job well done will encourage them. Being praised for an action done gives them the confidence that they’ll do fine the next time.
Forcing Won’t Do Any Good
Let them have their own way. Forcing kids isn’t close to encouraging them. Respect their choices. Do not place the pressure on them. Keep everything light and comfortable for children to get along with others.
Bring them to Social Gatherings
When there are holiday events, bring your child with you. Let your relatives talk to them. Your relatives should approach first to make the child see that it is alright to talk with them. Exposing them to people can make them comfortable. Using this strategy, your child will find socializing and making friends natural and not scary.
Developing Social Skills through Play
If your child does not want to go out because of anxiety, then bring the party to your own house. Invite kids on your neighborhood to play with your child. This will make your child realize that talking to them is okay since they were invited. Also, it is also a realization that playing is much better with a set of companions.
Help Them Make Friends
Parents are the role models of each child. Let your child go out with you when you go out for a walk with friends. Making them see how happy and fun socializing and making friends can encourage them. They will think that “Mom is getting along with her, maybe I'll try to warm up.”
Let Them Talk More
Parents and child should have talking sessions. Let them speak for themselves. A little chit chat is a good language exercise for toddlers. This way they won’t get flustered and pressured when they are speaking to other people. Do not let your child feel that talking and answering other people’s questions isn’t their job.
The developing child will be entering school sooner or later. They are not kids for the rest of their lives. Let them be socially active. Teach them the ethics of treating other people. With other parenting concerns, check out our website Spec Kid Club. Our team can give you a helping hand.