In Defense of Shyness: Ashburn Patch Article

My kid is shy and I’m OK with that.

A few weeks ago, I took my son to a trial session at JW Tumbles, a children’s gym in Broadlands. There were many fun activities: jungle gyms, slides, blocks, obstacle courses, parachutes and swings dangling from the sturdy ceiling.

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4 thoughts on “In Defense of Shyness: Ashburn Patch Article

  1. Thanks for the thought-provoking article! I’m glad it got RT’d to my Twitter feed. My 18mo son is actually going through a shy phase, which I mostly adore since it means he spends a good deal of time cuddled up to my shoulder. If it ends up being a shy phase he never abandons, I’m fine with that. What gets to me isn’t exactly related, but when people start talking about what and how successful he’s going to be. He’s 18mo, people! Far and away the most important thing to me is that he be happy.

  2. I agree, Deborah. Furthermore, being shy is not a detriment to happiness or intelligence. It’s nice to have my two-year-old cuddle. He still runs around like a maniac, but I like the closeness I get out of it, too. Thank you for commenting.

  3. I was that way as a young kid too, and I am still shy today. It is ok though, and it’s not a problem until it starts holding you back from doing things you want to do, which is why I’m trying to overcome certain aspects of my shyness. I think taking a little while to warm up to new people and situations is just fine though, and that shyness is associated with a lot of positive traits like sensitivity to others, thoughtfulness, kindness, etc. I think that mother’s comment was rude though, and your son certainly doesn’t have a “problem”.

  4. Hey Brittany,
    Thanks for leaving a comment. I completely agree that shyness – like just about anything – can get to be a problem if it goes too far. I think the measure of when it’s “too far” is only up to that individual. I’m glad to hear that you’re taking steps to make your life happier. May we all have such courage!

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