Is you child introverted or shy? 4 parenting tips to build a relationship with your introverted child  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images
New Delhi: Parenting can be hard. After you delivered your baby, you thought the worst is over. When the diaper-changing, sleep deprivation phase came in and finally ended, you thought now things would get easier. But it turns out, every phase of parenting comes with its own challenges and you just can’t call any phase “easy”. However, as much of a struggle as it may be, parenting is a phase of life to be cherished and a little guidance here and there can help you deal with things better.
Every child has his/her own vision, way, perspective to everything in this world. Every child has his/her own interests, passions and personality. While some kids are outgoing and love meeting new people, some kids may be shy, and introverted. Nothing is wrong with being either way, but bringing up shy and introverted kids can be slightly harder for a parent because you don’t see them opening up so much. This can lead to miscommunication and misunderstandings between children and parents, and hamper their relationship. Children, very often, tend to project their family relationships onto the world, and therefore it is very important they are brought up the right way. Here are a few tips for every parent to an introverted child.
Opportunity for creative expression
All introverted children have an innate quality to be creative and innovative. It is important for you, as a parent, to realise and understand their creative strength and help them develop it to the best of their ability. Arts forms like dancing, painting, drawing, writing, singing, etc. can help you communicate with them better, understand their mind better.
Enhance their creativity
not only do you have to build a good relationship with your child, but you also have to ensure that he/she is able to compete with the world, and excel at what he//she does. For that, you must work on enhancing their creative skills and talents. Giving them something new to read, playing creatives games, quizzes, puzzles, etc. with them, asking questions more often are some of the ways you can do this. This particular step is more important with introverted kids since you may be one of the very few people they actually like talking and opening up to, and therefore, you may be their one of the few sources to learn new things.
Give them their space
every introvert’s room is their safe haven and they definitely need some time alone to recharge and unwind, to face the next day or next social gathering. Make sure that even as a protective, caring parent, you do not cross that line with them. Give them time to just be, every introvert needs it.
One on one conversation
Introvert children interact best when they have a one on one conversation. They may not speak their mind in a group of people, and may also not continue what they were saying if they get interrupted, which happens often when a group of people are talking. As a parent, you must talk to your child one on one, at least once a day to know about their day, how they are feeling. It will not only make your bond stronger but will also help your child open up to you.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.