Hi guys. Do any of you have any tips, advice on this, through the MRP lens? My boy (7 year old) is shy when meeting others. Yesterday we ran into another family and chatted for a while and my boy was pretty awkward, shy...looking down,etc.. He plays well with others at school and with friends, etc..but he gets shy or awkward in a lot of social situations.
I know this is probably relatively normal for a 7-yearold. They don't "do" small-talk and adult-like "how are you's?",etc..etc.. But I want to teach him to be comfortable in his skin and comfortable in social situations. Is it simply lead-by-example over time while he matures kind of thing or do any of you have experience in teaching your kids to be less shy/awkward at this age?
I admit growing up and up until recently, I was all kinds of beta and was almost as shy and awkward. It's taken me many, many years to grow out of the awkwardness - this behavior has exponentially been diminished through therapy, sidebar books, big life events and aging.. I'd hate to have my son take decades to "grow out of" or figure out this crap. Perhaps as a toddler he's witnessed my past-awkwardness and is mirroring that past asperger-like behavior but I'm not the same anymore and I want to work on this with him. I even mentioned to him after this encounter that I was shy when I was a kid and tried to point out his behavior and tried to get through to him that I was aware he was being shy and that it's something that can change.
Any experiences, advice you guys care to share?