Calling all overly opinionated persons, type A Mom’s, educated professionals and non-experienced persons all are welcome. How do you help the shy kid?
My daughter will be 3 next week and she is the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Yall see the pictures I post on IG and FB, she turns up. She is hilarious, she says really funny things and does her own thing. That is My Girl at home, or when it’s just us. Run into me in the streets and you will see the other side. She is socially silent, one might even think she isn’t able to speak. You say Hi and she frowns her face at you. She might reach out for one of us or simply fold her arms while giving you major side eye. So how do you help the shy kid?
This behavior isn’t only reserved for strangers, she is this way with everyone. Aunt/Uncle/Grandparents a like. Her only sibling is 7 years older and he is her favorite person to love and hate. She has had no trauma, she has been serving shade since infancy. Maybe the answer is simply leave her alone. I took her to My Gym for a little fun, we went for a birthday party and she had a blast. Despite all of her fun she didn’t speak to anyone little kids included.
Don’t be fooled by My Girl’s personality she is very smart, very witty and hilarious. Matter fact when I told her she was hilarious her response was “I’m sensible” umm little girl what?
We were trying to convince her to smile in at least one of our family pictures.
I’ve not actually tried anything different. I believe in allowing my children to be in charge of their bodies so I don’t force them on anyone. I don’t make them hug Aunt so and so or anything like that. I do however expect them to speak, which is just good home training. Home training she could care less about right now.
If you’ve had/have or know of a little shy girl/guy how did they get over it? Did they out grow up? Should I just leave her alone?
Photo Credit: D. Todd