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!

Cassidy Gore


~ by cassidyk03 on October 18, 2009.

3 Responses to “Shyness”

  1. I can see how that should be something that may need some help in some extreme cases, but for the most part I think that it is ok for kids to be shy. It is a part of personality for people and not something that needs to be changed.
    Rebekah Pinegar

  2. i do think that it is part personaltity and part self confidence. some people i know are so shy they cannot talk to store clerks with out getting nervous. in our culture and society it is imparrative to have good people skills because you always have to deal with people.

  3. I have a blog on shyness. Please check it out if you’d like:

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