While introverts account for at least a quarter of the world’s population, they can still be looked down on by extroverts who simply cannot understand them. It can be hard for extroverts to see how much alone time introverts need, and introverts may come across as lonely, odd, and poorly adjusted to the world around them. If you are parenting an introverted child, you should know that this is nothing that should concern you. Instead, you can use these tips to help your child better interact with the world around him and to be happy throughout his life.
Accept Your Child As He Is
Your child needs to know that you love him just as he is and that you accept him without him having to make any changes. Let your child know that there is nothing unusual about how he feels.
Do Not Force Your Child to Be Who He Is Not
If you are an extrovert, it can be tempting to try to force your child into a mold. However, you will not succeed in forcing your child to like certain events or people.
Give Your Child Time to Become Used to New Things
Introverted children need more time than others do to get used to new people, places, and situations. This is especially true when entering a new school year. Take your child on a tour of his new school, let him meet his teachers ahead of time, and help the teachers get to know his likes and dislikes.
Give Your Child Time for Breaks to Recharge
Introverted children need plenty of alone time so that they do not feel overwhelmed. Create a space, perhaps in his bedroom, where he can recharge.
Help Your Child Discover What He Is Good At
Introverts often have very strong interests. Find ways to get your child involved in groups that hone these passions where they can meet others who are like them.