Helping a shy or introverted child

Parent Educator Rona Renner, RN, shares advice for parents on the best way to help your shy child feel comfortable and come out of his or her shell
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Helping a shy or introverted child

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Some children are just naturally shy. Another way to speak about that is the child who is an introvert rather than an extrovert. I also like the term slow to warm up. Children who are shy need time to feel comfortable. Comfort is the keyword here. Once they are comfortable, they will talk as much as anyone else. They will play as much as anyone else. But they need that time. Don´t push your child. Accept who they are but give them opportunities to stretch their temperament. So for instance, you may want to take them to a party, let them sit with you. Don´t entertain them and then gradually bring them towards where the other kids are. Stay with them until they are comfortable. And then you can move back. Shy children are very observant. Being cautious is not a bad thing. Don´t push them. Fully accept them and then they will do just fine.

Parent Educator Rona Renner, RN, shares advice for parents on the best way to help your shy child feel comfortable and come out of his or her shell

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Rona Renner, RN

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Rona Renner has been a Registered Nurse for 46 years with a wide range of experience in health care. In the last 20 years she has focused her attention on pediatrics, parent education and advocacy, ADHD and learning differences. In 1992, she was trained by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as a temperament counselor to help parents understand their child's behavior, and she co-wrote the temperament based parenting class manual. In 2002, she founded Childhood Matters, a non-profit organization producing radio shows in English and Spanish. "Nurse Rona" hosted a weekly call-in radio show for over nine years, and has appeared on many television shows, including CNN and 20/20. Rona is the author of Is That Me Yelling, a book aimed to help parents learn how to effectively communicate with their kids by focusing on their child's unique temperament, and their ownShe loves working with parents one-on-one, in groups, or in large workshops. Rona is happily married, has four adult children, and two grandsons.

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