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Parenting Introverts – 12 Helpful Tips for Caring for Introverted Kids

Let’s talk parenting introverts! Introverted children are vastly different than extroverted children. 

Introverts like to keep to themselves. They may not be as outgoing or chatty as extroverted child.

Let’s Talk Parenting Introverts

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.

parenting introverted child
parenting introverted child

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.

Introverts Defined

The definition of an introvert according to Google:

  1. A shy, reticent, and typically self-centered person.
  2. A person predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things.
parenting introverts
parenting introverts

Traits of an Introverted Child

Here are common traits of an introverted child:

Social Interaction

  • Has only a few close friends
  • Does more listening than talking
  • Talks to family members, but not to strangers

Social Preferences

  • 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

12 Tips for Parenting an Introvert Child

Here are 12 tips to caring for an introverted child.

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parenting introverts

Here are 12 helpful tips in parenting introverts.

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.

Read more about signs of an introvert. These parenting introvert tips not only work well with kids, but also work well with adults. 

And for us introverts who like to laugh, don’t miss our introvert memes.

Are you a mom to an introverted child? Tell us how you parent your introverted child.

Parenting Introverts is part of Talking Parenting – a series from Digital Mom Blog

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