Raising an Introvert in an Extroverted World
Raising an introvert in an increasingly extroverted world is a tough task. According to some sources, at least 33% of the population could be called introverted, who prefer solitude rather than massive crowds.
As parents, you may be inclined to expose your child to new circumstances that are typically suited for extroverts to widen their outlook. But it could trigger physical discomfort and a lot of anxiety in your child.
If you’re stressed with the unique challenges of raising a kid who’s an introvert, implementing these suggestions in your day-to-day routines may help.
Let Your Child Relax and Have a Break
There’s no point in rushing your tired child from school to sports practices to extracurricular activities to a weekend outing. Don’t force the child to go through a supposedly fun activity that’s nothing more than a tedious and annoying act to him. Instead, let him have a break, feel relaxed, and get rejuvenated while you spend quality time with him.
Even with a good night’s sleep, your child can still feel exhausted due to sports and lengthy peer interactions at school. You should evaluate your kid’s activities and check if you can create some relaxing space for him.
Teach the Child to Voice His Opinions and Preferences
Introverts often falter when expressing their opinions or standing up for themselves. You should teach your introverted kids that they should do it, thus ensuring their peers (or others) don’t tease or bully them. Speaking up doesn’t require a long speech. Make them practice one-word responses loudly, which will be enough to empower them in difficult, stressful situations.
Widen Their Horizons Gradually
Even when your children have introverted instincts, they’ll still need to talk to others for different reasons. But it would be best not to force them to interact with other kids and adults all of a sudden. Instead, push them bit by bit by offering opportunities to mingle with other kids. For instance, you could bring them to a park a few times every week and ask them to see if other kids want to play with them or sway on the tire swing.
Show Them Examples of Social Interactions
Your child needs to be trained on how to interact with others the right way. You can teach them an appropriate framework for situation-based social interactions with your own example. You can let them see from close quarters how you introduce yourself to strangers, make small talk, and conclude social interactions gracefully. This will help the children learn quickly and apply the lessons internally as they grow older.
In a predominantly extrovert world, raising an introvert appears quite challenging for parents. You should let your children grab a break to recharge from demanding social situations by providing them with some alone-time. Help them make the most of their strengths and find what makes them unique with their introverted characteristics. As the final point, let’s not forget that introverts can teach us a lot about the power of self-care and solitude.