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Introverted children are vastly different than extroverted children. They like to keep to themselves. They may not be as outgoing or chatty as extroverted child.
Handling each kid requires different techniques, and like extroverts – knowing how to parenting introverted children sure help when it comes to dealing and caring for kids and their personalities.
Each Kid is Different
We have 2 introverted children and 2 extroverted children. Each require different love and attention. When we started putting the below practices into place, we immediately noticed a difference in their reactions and responses.
Both my husband and I are introverts (though I am an admitted Introverted Extrovert.) But at the root of it, we get our energy from being alone.
Learn about the Enneagram – determine what your number is and what your child’s Enneagram type is.
Definition of an Introvert
The definition of an introvert according to Google:
- A shy, reticent, and typically self-centered person.
- A person predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things.
Traits of an Introverted Child
Here are common traits of an introverted child:
- Has only a few close friends
- Does more listening than talking
- Talks to family members, but not to strangers
- Likes solitary activities, like reading, or activities with only a few people
- Likes to spend time in own room with the door closed.
- Watches a game or activity before joining in
- Likes creative or imaginative play
- May get crabby after spending a lot of time around other people
- Does not share feelings easily
- Becomes deeply humiliated after making a mistake in public
Caring for an Introverted Child
Here are 12 tips to caring for an introverted child. If your kid is an extrovert – read extrovert tips.
1. Respect their need for privacy.
2. Never embarrass them in public.
3. Let them observe first in new situations.
4. Give them time to think, don’t demand instant answers.
5. Don’t interrupt them.
6. Don’t give them advance notice of expected changes in their lives.
7. Give them 15 minute warnings to finish whatever they are doing.
8. Reprimand them privately.
9.Teach them new skill privately.
10. Enable them to find one best friends who has similar interests and abilities.
11. Don’t push them to make lots of friends.
12. Respect their introversion. Don’t try to remake them into extroverts.
These tips not only work well with kids, but also work well with adults.
Are you a mom to an introverted child?
Mom to 4 kids, Molly Thornberg aka Digital Mom is the blogger-in-chief here at digitalmomblog.com. She likes to keep it real, overshares on her personal Insta-stories, tries her best to show grace and always appreciates a funny meme. Molly appreciates the unique things in life, and is a Ennegagram 7w8.