How Can I Help My Child Overcome Shyness?enparents out what the experts have to say.shyness, shy, my child is shy, how can I help my child with shyness, practice smiling, practice saying hello, work on behaviors, problem with shyness, overcome shyness, self-esteem, practice behaviors, deal with shyness, CD1Behavioral Health10/16/200309/26/201609/26/2016D'Arcy Lyness, PhD07/14/2015bcd3388d-7dcb-4026-8645-22a65297a397<p><em>I'm worried about my daughter because she is extremely shy and has a difficult time making friends. Is there anything I can do to help her?<br /> </em><em>&ndash; Kathie</em></p> <p>Being shy isn't a bad thing in itself &mdash; but if shyness is keeping your daughter from fully enjoying and appreciating the joys that go along with being young, there are some things she can do.</p> <p>One of the best ways kids can let go of some shyness is to think of a few simple behaviors they would like to improve, then practice them. Let's say your daughter wants to work on talking to a friend. She can practice thinking of how she'd do it if she weren't so shy. Just working on smiling and saying "hello" is a good start. Complimenting a schoolmate on a job well done in class, a play, or a sports competition&nbsp;is another icebreaker.</p> <p>Some kids find it helps to practice in front of a mirror, like they might practice lines for a play. This might help your daughter&nbsp;feel more comfortable with a new approach. Then she can practice smiling and saying "hello" in real life. It often helps to start with one or two people she likes.</p> <p>She also could join some activities that she's interested in &mdash; whether it's the school newspaper or a sports team. She may feel nervous at first &mdash; that's perfectly normal. More practice will help the butterflies go away, so encourage your daughter not to give up.</p>
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