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These Things You Should Never Do To Your Introverted Child

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Do you know whether you are introverted or extroverted? Both are personality traits. As a society, we tend to notice the extroverts. This is because they stand out in a crowd. They usually have a very outgoing personality and love to socialize. Sometimes people like to refer to them as “the life of the party.” Extroverts thrive in social situations. They are action-oriented and love to chat with others. Making new friends comes pretty easy to them. There is absolutely nothing wrong about being an extrovert! But there is another side to the coin: being an introvert.

Introverts tend to shy away from social gatherings and generally get pretty drained from them. If an introvert does attend a party, wedding or other kinds of social situation, they can end up feeling really wiped out from those types of events. Introverts often work best when they are alone, and usually, keep to themselves for the most part. They prefer to hang out with a few close friends instead of heading out to a party. We’ll reiterate what we said about being an extrovert, there is nothing wrong with being an introvert, either!

These personality traits can often manifest in our children. As parents, we will be able to notice whether or not our child is an introvert or an extrovert. If your child seems to have a few close friends versus a group of kids that they spend time with, they might be introverted. While it may seem tempting to try to help your child “come out of their shell,” so to speak, we need to respect their boundaries. As parents, we only want what is best for them. While it may seem that giving them a gentle “nudge” to make new friends or attend a birthday party with a bunch of kids, these methods can actually backfire.  Here are twenty-two things that you should never do to your introverted child.

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