How to Tell if You Have an Introverted Child

The terms "introvert" and "shy" tend to be used interchangeably, but each requires a distinct parenting approach.

A child on a couch hides behind their hands looking introverted

Kids, like adults, can sometimes shy away from common social interaction. But is a kid who hide behind a parent’s leg or refuses to leave their room when company comes an introverted child or simply shy? The distinction, it turns out, really matters. Because the way a parent interacts with an introverted child needs to be different than the way they address a shy child. And it’s important to know the difference.

Recognizing an Introverted Child

Dr. Jennifer Weber

Recognizing Shyness in Kids

How to Help Introverted Children Manage Social Settings