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The development of social skills is essential in childhood, since it constitutes the necessary pillar that the child will need tomorrow to be able to relate without major problems with their environment. Something that seems obvious, may stop being so when parents or relatives have to face a shy child .

The development of shyness is usually something normal and habitual and is usually related to the degree of interpersonal relationships that children have had from birth. In this sense, a child who is barely a year old or less goes to daycare is likely to be less likely to be shy in society than another child who barely has social contact beyond his home before going to school with about three or four years.

However, this does not imply that the first type of children will not be shy or that the second ones will be, since shyness can also depend on other factors. That a child goes to daycare and has a very good relationship with his classmates does not mean that he cannot be shy with other people , since it is normal for shyness to occur with unknown or unusual people in the child’s daily environment .

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What can parents do to end this shyness?

In the first place, do not give it more importance than it should, since around the age of two it is quite common for children to be shy on occasion. At this age, children begin to be aware of observation and relationships with others and what they often involve, such as being judged by others. The simple fact that a child is rejected by others in a park when it comes to play, or that parents scold him in public for some mischief, can be more than enough reason to feel the dreaded and blissful shame.

To end these situations, what is truly important is to equip children with the tools to face their fears, or to be able to relate to people without much difficulty. Giving confidence and all our support to a child can make a difference and make him understand that the fact that sometimes we can be rejected, does not have to lead to anger or anger, for example.

If we help children understand these types of situations, we will have won a battle that is, nothing more and nothing less, the one that can prevent shyness from lasting over time, leading to a lack of values and a lack of self-esteem and self-confidence. Attitudes and feelings that, over time, could become a real social and emotional burden for children and their family.

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