Tips To Help Your Child Open Up And Feel A Little Less Isolated
Parents, we know that raising a family can be hard. Raising an introverted child in this extroverted world can be even more difficult! Know that nothing is wrong with your child, they just view and interact with the world differently.
𝘏𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘱𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥 𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘯 𝘶𝘱 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘢 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥!👇
1️⃣. 𝐄𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 – Introverts aren’t masters at discussing their emotions and prefer to keep their thoughts to themselves. Provide them with an outlet for describing their thoughts and fears. Suggest that they keep a journal or draw if they aren’t comfortable with full disclosure.
2️⃣. 𝐓𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 – Quiet teenagers prefer to solve problems themselves because they feel too embarrassed to ask others to give them a hand. Encourage them that it’s okay to accept help of guidance! They will soon discover that collaboration is necessary for progress.
3️⃣. 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬 – Introverts are quiet and dislike the limelight. Give your teen a chance to observe crowds before conversing with people. Your child may be more inclined to join them once they have a good idea of how they interact. Furthermore, don’t pressure your quiet teens to make friends. Encourage them to bond with other introverts!
4️⃣. 𝐓𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐤 𝐮𝐩 – Remind your children that their opinions matter. If their quietness makes them the targets of bullying, teach them to speak to trusted adults. Listen when they talk and encourage them to verbalize their thoughts. Above all, teach them to assert themselves.
5️⃣. 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐦𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐨𝐛𝐛𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 – For example, classical music vs. rock or rap. Or reading and drawing vs. playing outside. Remember that different doesn’t mean strange!
Regardless if your child is introverted or extroverted, they need your support and guidance all the same! Be there for your child, in the way they need you to be. 💙
Are you an extrovert or introvert? Do you think this effects how you view your teen’s social tendencies? 🤔
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