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Shyness is a mental condition that almost all the children may experience in one time or other. However, there are some children who experience shyness to an alarming degree. The shy children usually are more keen to observe their playmates rather than participating or joining others. They prefer to keep silent, especially when they are in an unfamiliar environment. They refuse to talk to others. If your preschooler is shy about mixing with other children of your age group, you should take care to counsel him so that he can get over this habitual inhibition. You should be careful much before you plan to admit in a school, because, a shy child will be reluctant to enter a new surrounding like a classroom, unless he is escorted by a parent. In the school, shy children may face many difficulties as they will be reluctant to join group activities like dancing, singing or playing. The presence of any unfamiliar individual will make them withdraw in to themselves or they may just stare at the ground.
Doctors can not say for certain why a child may display shyness, while his sibling may be of just the opposite nature. Sometimes the causes of the shyness in your preschooler may be hereditary or genetic. Sometimes it may be due to a lack of sufficient bonding with the parent. The child may be suffering from a sense of insecurity. Or if it happens to be the case that the child is frequently exposed to criticism and harsh behavior from the siblings or parents, then he may display shyness and an withdrawn nature. Shy children are scared to a great extent about other’s opinion about them.
Whatever be the reason, shyness in your preschooler may create many problems for her as she goes to the school. She will have fewer friends and will always keep away from things that will take her to the top. Her class teacher may report to you that your child shuns the school sports, debate and drama. She may feel lonely and may deny going to the school.
Many strategies are suggested to help your child overcome her shyness. However, children are not all alike. What works for one may not be working for another.
However, parents should be cautious that they do not push their children so hard as to develop a resistance in their mind. Patience and perseverance is the key to success in dealing with a shy child.