Have courage: How parents can support a shy child

Fortune favours the brave, it is said. It’s true that those who approach life with self-confidence find many situations easier.It’s why most parents want their children to discover the world full of confidence and openness, worrying if they don’t play with other children or look away shyly instead of answering a question.But shyness is not something that can be turned on and off, especially with children. “It’s something you’re born with,” says psychologist Sabine Ahrens-Eipper.The reluctance to be the centre of attention is often familiar for the parents: “It’s often hereditary. If a child is…

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