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7 Rules To Follow When Raising an Introverted Child

By Devan McGuinness |

I have always been more on the shy side, preferring to listen to the happenings of life and taking it all in quietly. Growing up, I was very close to my family and always had only one or two very close friends — many acquaintances, but only a few very close friends. My whole family is really introverted, and I think oftentimes introverts are misunderstood — especially if you are an extrovert.

Princess Raru would be what I describe as an introvert and I would definitely describe myself that way as well. I think Mister Speed and Princess Bean tend to take after their Dad more, who is strangely a mix of introvert and extrovert. As far as Raru and I, we are quiet, keep to ourselves, ‘in our heads’ a lot and can become really embarrassed quite easily. In an extrovert-world, there are some things parents should keep in mind if one of your children happens to have some traits of an introvert.

Click through for the 7 rules you should abide by if you’re raising an introverted child:

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Raising An Introvert Child

Respect Their Need For Privacy

There may be times your child just wants to have their own space. Allow them that and don't force over-interaction.
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Devan McGuinness

Devan McGuinness is the writer of the lifestyle blog Accustomed Chaos. After surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan founded Unspoken Grief, a resource and support site for perinatal and neonatal loss. Read bio and latest posts → Read Devan's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “7 Rules To Follow When Raising an Introverted Child

  1. Janet says:

    I’ve always been an introvert too. When my daughter (starting around 2 1/2) starting telling me she was shy, I didn’t believe it. She seemed so outgoing for a little one. Then one of her daycare providers said that she was kind of shy. I was kind of disappointed. I didn’t want all the difficult things that I had to endure as a shy child to be placed upon my daughter. I’m hoping it’s just a phase and she outgrows it, but I have been more aware of her shyness and not pushing her to be more outgoing. I just don’t want her to feel alone or have trouble with being shy. It’s a rather difficult balance sometimes.

  2. Brent says:

    great article… every parent should be aware of this!

  3. Eileen says:

    I love this article, especially ” don”t demand instant answers”, I wish I had a printer so I could hang a copy of this on my fridge!

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