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    My kid too shy. What can I do?

    My kid is 8. He is too shy and also doesn't attempt to get the things done if they are complicated.
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    I have been working in Eltham, Melbourne as a relationship and family counsellor for over twelve years. I draw on current theory and research about … View Profile

    It's possible your son may be struggling with some anxiety when meeting new people and trying new things. He may benefit from seeing a counsellor or psychologist who can assess this and give him (and you as a parent) some strategies to help him feel more comfortable with other people and to give things a try. A great book for anxious children is "What to do when you worry too much: A kid's guide to anxiety". You could perhaps use this as a starting point.

  • Ishfaque Hussain

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    Thanks a lot for your time and response. I will definitely get the copy of the book you mentioned. 

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    Karen Coleman

    Counsellor, Naturopath

    Hi.It is difficult to understand what is happening for your son from your information. It seems you may feel frustrated that he is not responding as you think he should. Just like adults, some kids will be naturally more outgoing and some will be more cautious about engaging in new situations. Both can be ok but different. I am wondering if you have discussed your concerns with his school teachers? They can be a good source of information on what behaviours are common. Depending on your location, they may have specialists within their system for further assistance. Good luck with that. parenting can be a difficult time.

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    Ishfaque Hussain

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    Thanks for your time and suggestion, i ll talk to his teachers as well. 

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