My shy child is having trouble making friends at school, what do I do?
- Practice role play – By using role play with your child, you’ll allow them to become more comfortable with situations and, can allow time to think of different ways to respond without pressure.
- Understand communication – Teaching our children the basics of communication at a young age will be the foundation of their social skills. Simple things such as a smile or good eye contact when meeting someone will make the task less daunting.
- Common interest – Finding people with a similar interest is the easiest way to spark a conversation. Teaching them conversation openers such as “I really love rugby; can I please play with you guys” is a good way for your child to bond with other children through a mutual activity.
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