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That way we could give advice appropriate for his age. Regardless, I will provide you with a few parenting tips that I hope you'll find useful:
- For toddlers, the best way to rid them of shyness is exposure. Place them in an environment plenty of other kids their age, encourage them to play and interact. Sometimes, it could get tricky (because children this young sometimes don't like sharing toys), but it can be done. Once they realize how much fun it is to play with others, they'll forget their shyness and start becoming forward - gaining confidence as they grow. It is also a bonus if your child has plenty of cousins and a big family that gets together often.
- For kids aging around 8-12, I think parents should now pretty much back off 50% when it comes to their child's social skills, and instead concentrate on developing the child's confidence. This can be done by making sure your child excels at something. You develop their talents, you get them into sports that they love, you enroll them in ballet or piano class or whatever it is that sparks their interest. Be there 100% to mold them into a better human being. This is practically the make or break stage.
- For teenagers, well this is the phase when I think the superficial becomes important. I'm talking about clothes, shoes, iPhones, iPods, cars. These things, believe it or not (silly, I know!) helps boost a teenager's confidence at levels you would not expect. As long as he has the best of these things, he won't have too much trouble fitting in.
The good news for parents who are not that well-off and are unable to provide such luxurious items, is that your child will most likely grow out of this anti-social phase after school, when he finally has a job and finds his own place in this world. That shy kid will one day break out of his shell.
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