In a world where extroverts outnumber introverts almost three to one, it can be a challenge to parent a child who doesn't thrive on social interaction and engagement. We often mistake shyness with truly being an introvert and think it's our job as parents to "fix" that shyness, but the two are not the same. Introverts recharge by being alone, unlike their extroverted peers, who gain energy from being around others. Shy children and introverts both might avoid social situations, but the introvert does so by choice, while the shy child makes the decision out of fear. Here are seven things to look for if you're trying to determine if your child is an introvert. popsugar
- They avoid eye contact and interacting with others, especially new people.
- They throw tantrums or are generally upset after a busy day.
- You find them talking to themselves or favorite toys more than other children.
- They prefer playing alone than with other children.
- They stick to a few trusted friends.
- They're reluctant to try new things.
- They have trouble expressing their emotions.