Shyness - children
Shy; lonely; loner; anxious; friends; shyness;
Most children are shy in some situations, for example situations that are very new to them. If it continues when they go to school and into adolescence and prevents them from taking part in class and enjoying their play times, it can be very painful for them.
Some people are naturally quieter and less outgoing than others, and as long as they are happy about who they are it is not a problem. If everyone was the same it would be a boring world.
But shy children do not always grow up to be shy - there is a lot that can be done to help them overcome their shyness if they are upset about being shy. To find out more
Raising Children Network
Books for parents and children
There are many books written for parent about raising confident children, and for children about how to do things when they feel anxious or shy. You could try your local library - talk to the children's librarian.
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.