Although childhood shyness is commonplace, it concerns many parents; especially those who place great value on sociability.
For some children, social situations and interactions can be terrifying. When they come in contact with new children, they rarely feel at ease.
Some children become shy because of harsh life experiences, but most are born that way.
Typically, shy kids are unwilling or unable to make the first move, preferring to abandon a potential friendship rather than reach out to the unfamiliar.
A few of these timid children may be emotionally distressed, but they are in the minority. In fact, some children are just naturally withdrawn and slow to warm up in new situations.
However, all hope is not lost. You can help your child overcome shyness and develop successful peer interactions.
Dr. Andrew Adesman, MD, shares information on helping your child overcome shyness and how you can encourage him or her to warm up to people more easily.