I was a shy kid who preferred solitude to the company of my peers, who dreaded meeting new people and forced social interactions. But what I dislike most of all was when adults focused on my shyness and treated it like a disease or worse, something that I could turn on and off.
That’s one of the reasons I loved Lori’s post about introverts and Devan’s 7 Rules to Follow When Raising an Introverted Child. I love the reminders that there is nothing intrinsically better about a child being an extrovert, that being an introvert is not a character flaw.
Click through for 6 things never to say to a shy kid (or his parents!)
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For more of Marinka, visit her personal blog Motherhood in NYC and The Mouthy Housewives, where she doles out advice as though it were candy. Mmm … candy. Also, follow her on Twitter, where she never refers to herself in the third person, but does have a potty mouth. Sorry!
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