My second grade daughter is so introverted. She is just unable to make friends. What can I do to help her?
If a child’s introversion makes her uncomfortable or unhappy, it’s time to step in. Sometimes a quiet child can be overwhelmed by outgoing children or a large number of kids and may not be aware of someone else with a similar disposition or interests as her own. Begin by asking the teacher to recommend a few girls from the class who she thinks would be compatible with your daughter. Talk with your daughter about inviting someone over.
When the classmate comes, start the playdate with an activity in which you are involved – play a board game, do a craft or bake cookies for example. You will be able to help the girls start conversations and get to know one another. This will nudge them along to playing independently without you.
If your daughter is more content on her own than with others, consider reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. This book will give you a new understanding and appreciation for this special personality.
Ask the Teacher is written by Deb Krupowicz, a mother of four and current teacher. Deb holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students. Please send your questions to her at [email protected]