I have never put too much thought into shy children and if it is a good or bad thing. One website I found on how to be a good parent for shy children said that parents model can help with their child’s shyness. For example a parent being friendly and saying hi to people will show a child that it is fine to say hi to people, that nothing bad will happen. It also said to make sure to not embarrass your child in public, I think that makes a lot of sense, if the child’s safe base embarrasses them, then what will other people do? It also said that the earlier that you teach a child social skills the better, this also makes sense. The earlier that a child learns how to be social the better they learn how to be social. ‘The prevalence of shyness among children is believed to increase with age—from roughly 20% of children in grade school to 50% of children by the time they reach adolescence” (2001, Renée Gilbert, Ph.D.). This goes to show that shyness can be helped if you start young enough!