According to child therapistJayashree Nair, it is extremely necessary for parents to ensure that their children voice out their thoughts and opinions from a young age. She says, “Even though schools do encourage children to speak up in class and let their teachers know what they think, I believe parents should also do the same at home. It is only when they start talking and expressing their concerns will they become confident in life.”
However, if your child is shy or feels intimidated by the thought of opening up, here are a few ways you can make the process easy for him/her.
There are many children who find it extremely difficult to open up not only to their teachers and friends at school but also to their parents. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. As a parent, the least you can do is understand what your child is trying to communicate with you without speaking much.Do not rush into anything. Take your time to acclimatise your child to new situations and people. Make sure that you even communicate this with those who are meeting your kid for the first time. You don’t want your child growing up feeling awkward and hesitant while meeting others.The only way a child can start socialising is when he/she moves out of the four walls of the house and makes new friends. This can either happen in school or in hobby classes. Make sure that your child is participating in extra-curricular activities and takes up a hobby. Apart from keeping your child busy through the day, it will also ensure that he/she is mixing around with other kidsTo make sure that your child feels confident about himself/herself, point out whenever he/she starts doing something that they were previously scared of. This could be anything — from starting a conversation with a neighbour to playing outdoors with friends.
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