Shyness Saying Hello

Dear Miss Faith, I am worried about how to deal with my 3.5 year old daughter's 'shyness'.  Whenever we see a new person or even someone she knows (eg bumping into a friend in the supermarket) she hides her face, makes a loud, whingey, grumpy noise, runs to hide and refuses to speak to them. It's hard to see her being so rude when the little girl I know is gregarious and … [Read more...]

Kids and Social Graces

Dear Miss Faith, My daughter (age 2.75) takes a really long time to warm up in social situations, and seems to feel easily overwhelmed by kids with big energy, even to the point of growling at other kids. It seems like she's so shy and I'm worried that won't be ready for preschool. What can I do to help her? Dear Mama, First of all, I want to encourage you not to worry. … [Read more...]

Raise a Balanced Child

One of the things that we can do to help our children find their place in in the world is to help them to become well-balanced. A wonderful way to think of this is in terms of virtues. Do they talk too much and dominate the conversation? Being eloquent is a virtue, but it needs to be balanced out by the virtue of empathy, so they can learn to ask questions of others, and listen … [Read more...]

‘Shy’ Toddlers

Dear Faith,          I would love your thoughts in shyness in my almost two year old.  I've noticed in recent months that if someone she doesn't know talks to her or wants to engage with her (question, etc) she becomes very withdrawn.  I have had several experiences recently when she enters an unfamiliar space with people around that she … [Read more...]

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