Not every preschooler is bubbly and outgoing. Some are still painfully shy.
So, what can you do to help her come out of her shell?
Young Parents asked Serene Chan, principal of Learning Vision @ Solaris (Fusionopolis) for her advice.
“It is too early to determine if your little one’s shyness will persist,” says Serene.
“Various factors can attribute to her reserved nature, such as unfamiliar people, or an innate personality that requires more time to warm up to people.
“One way to help her overcome shyness is to provide sufficient space and time so she becomes familiar and comfortable with the setting and people. Encourage her each time she makes an effort to leave her comfort zone.”
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PREP HER FOR NEW SITUATIONS
“Before she encounters the unfamiliar situation, talk to her about it and prepare her for what is to be expected,” Serene suggests.
“Together, identify possible measures that can be adopted when certain emotions are triggered. Assure her that you are with her and will be within her sight.
Serene notes: “Being reserved could also indicate that she is observing the environment, people around her and your mannerisms.
“Acknowledge her presence towards the third party so she feels more secure. Give her time to adapt to feel safe and comfortable in any unfamiliar environment.”