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For parents: What NOT to do if your kid is introverted by nature

Being alone does not mean being lonely

Introversion and extroversion are reliable personality characteristics that have a biological basis, and as a parent it’s important to respect your child or teen’s comfort level if they have more of an introverted personality. It’s tough for an introvert to be raised in an extroverted world, especially these days. Below you will read four specific recommendations to help your child or teen to the best version of themselves:

 

Introverted children and teens need solitary time to themselves to recharge

If your child is introverted by nature, be sure to respect their need for some solitude. Creating a special space for them to recharge and relax could really help them feel comfortable and well prepared for their next activity.

 

Don’t overschedule your child

Make sure to schedule recovery time into your kid or teen’s schedule. It could be helpful to look for warning signs that your child might be getting burnt out, such as showing more signs of exhaustion or throwing a tantrum. This is something that every parent can explore on a case-by-case basis with their child; knowing your kid’s limits and giving them time they need to recharge will help everyone have a good time.

 

Don’t ask them to perform in front of others

Research shows that introverts are actually more sensitive to pain than extroverts. Forcing them into a socially painful situation is going to elicit unnecessary anxiety for them. As a parent, everyone wants to show off their child’s talents, but it’s important to consider how this can impact your child and make them feel extremely uncomfortable.

 

Don’t critique their introverted nature

There are some wonderful qualities that introverted children and adolescents have. They may be excellent at concentrating and studying, they may be good listeners and observant of their surroundings, and self-sufficient when it comes to getting things done or exploring their own interests.

 

Although these recommendations seem basic, practicing them it’s a different story. Your turn, time to help your introverted kid to be the best version of himself.