Parents often worry when their child appears quiet and shy. But while there are some drawbacks, being shy also has some advantages. What are the benefits of shyness in kids, and how can you help them overcome it?
Shyness vs. Introversion: Are They The Same?
Some people use the terms “shy” and “introvert” interchangeably, but experts say there’s a big difference between them.
Introverted children like spending time alone. They are happy playing with toys or reading a book without a companion.
Shy kids or behaviorally inhibited children are different. When you look at them and see their trademark coy smile, it’s easy to tell that they want to interact with others. However, attention and social interaction can also be sources of stress for them.
Experts say shyness could be evident in babies as young as 4 months old. Some babies look at new toys or listen to new melodies with awe and excitement. On the other hand, some babies respond with distress: arching their back and crying.