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04/17/2015
As humans, most of us will tend to clam up at one time or another in certain situations. Here at The Tutoring Center in Roseville, California, we come across a variety of children with many different ways of dealing with stress. The timid or shy child needs a little extra guidance in the area of confidence. Here are some practical tips to help your hesitant child learn self-confidence.

Profiling

It is extremely important that you avoid profiling your child as nervous or shy either to your child directly or when you talk to others about her. If you keep coming up against people saying things in front of your child like, “she's such a shy little thing," or "she seems a little nervous, doesn't she?" Calmly and confidently respond with, "She likes to think things through before saying anything out loud,” or "She likes to listen to what others are saying before voicing her opinions." This will ensure your child is left with a positive view of herself.

Feelings & Acceptance

If your child seems upset or fearful, accept her feelings with understanding and warmth. Avoid dismissing her feelings by saying things like, "big girls don't cry," or "Look, Kathy isn't afraid of Santa, why are you?" Comments like these can make your child think that what she is feeling is not valid. This can make her feel confused and anxious. Children who have the acceptance of their parents who understand and support their feelings, tend to be more confident and secure.

Allow Mistakes

It may be very tempting to do everything for your timid child, but this can be counterproductive. When your child comes across a new situation or is trying to learn a new thing, try to give her space to do so. Try not to interfere because it could make her hesitant and reliant on others. Let her learn through trial and error. This will help with the development of confidence and a sense of achievement.

Tutoring in Roseville

Encouraging confidence, focus and good grades for each child are some of the goals of The Tutoring Center. With our one to one teaching, a timid or shy child would not have to worry about being in a group environment. He or she can move forward academically with their own learning styles. Give us a call for more information or to schedule a free consultation at (916) 771-4100.

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