There are many children have trouble socializing with other children or adults. It is a more abundant problem than people usually think and a real headache for parents, who want their child to be one of them and interact with other children normally.
The first thing to clarify is that being shy during childhood is not binding on being shy as an adult and vice versa. Very outgoing people in their childhood, have become lonely individuals when they grow up, and lonely and shy children into true group leaders.
The variations in a child's sociability depend on many factors and at each stage you can see how your child evolves or regresses. You have to be very attentive to their behavior changes and analyze the possible causes of them. Any change that occurs in their environment or circle of trust can have an impact on the child. One of the most common consequences that changes tend to have in children is introspection. By not feeling safe in their environment, they end up taking refuge in themselves.
A change in the person who cares for you, parental separation, the death of a loved one, who suddenly disappears from their environment, or starting school are very common circumstances that affect the sociability of children. Therefore, and although we are also affected by the situation that makes our child uncomfortable, we must be patient, pay more attention to them and talk with them. They are small people, but they also need explanations and avoiding talking about problems can only generate more anxiety, because at that moment they feel the lack of their referent to help them face the feelings they have.
Parents have a great responsibility in the way their children establish social relationships. As if we want our son to be a soccer player (it is an example) we will give him a ball and many opportunities for him to play with it, too we must encourage our son to interact with his peers. In addition, you must give a continuous example of how to relate to others. It is well known that children imitate the behaviors of their parents, therefore, although we are one of those parents who are jealous of our privacy, we should make an effort to interact with neighbors and friends, we cannot expect our child to act in a way that that we ourselves shun.
Enroll your child in after-school activities or workshops on things they like. Through sports or art we can help our child to have relationships with other children with the same interests, which will facilitate their inclusion in the group in a fun way. Invite classmates to play an afternoon with our son or vice versa is also something to take into account since social relationships are not always in groups. Depending on the age we can also target our children to summer camps, white weeks or any vacation activity.
Never reproach your child an antisocial behavior, help him in what you can, encouraging contact with other children. And remember to approve your share when it's good.
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