Introverted children typically:
Communicate best one-on-one
Are strong listeners
Seek solitude for renewal
Need time to ponder questions before answering
Often prefer not to share their emotions
Have high self-awareness
Learn well through observation
Are quiet in large social settings
Prefer to watch a game or activity before joining
See inner reflection as very important
Select activities carefully and thoughtfully
Introverted Children, Play and the Art of Creativity
Reaching introverted children can be as simple as adding opportunities for creative expression throughout the day. This is a great way to encourage and build on their area of natural strength: being innovative. It can be an incredibly positive experience when children are exposed to many forms of art, music, science, literature, and various physical activities.
However, since introverted children are very sensitive to people, places, and things around them, it is important to not exceed their threshold for outside stimulation. Provide time for them to process each experience before moving on to the next one.
Creative people in many fields are introverts because they are comfortable spending time alone; solitude is a crucial ingredient for innovation. Embrace creativity and reach for the stars.
Daily activities to enhance your children’s imagination
Suggest they read something new and unfamiliar, such as a book on a new topic or new genre.
Ask the question “what else?” often.
Have them come up with five new uses for familiar objects.
Play creative word games and puzzles.
Fill creation box with everyday items to use as art supplies.
Instead of buying a new game, have them make one.
Success at Home with Introverted Children
Supporting introverted children at home may be challenging at times, especially if you are an extrovert.
Typically, they see their room as a safe haven. Allowing a private space for them should be at the top of the list.
Build quiet time into their day so they can recharge their batteries, especially if your household is loud and filled with many activities.
Share with your children your own personality needs as a parent. It can be that you are an extrovert parenting an introverted child. Share the uniqueness and positive attributes of both approaches.
Courage in the Face of Adversity
Introverted children may be a little more on the sensitive side and not always open to sharing their struggles.
You can help your child realize that hardship and bumps in the road are part of life.
Practice patience and understanding when your child does not make the best choice.
You can face the music together. Introverted children make good use of “me too” or “I’ve been there” stories, if they are told with a “we’re in this together” attitude.
Introverts typically experience more intimate connections and tend to have fewer close friends than extroverts.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, introverts are not always shy. They do not necessarily experience social anxiety as some shy children do. Usually, they have good social skills and enjoy people – just in smaller doses and smaller groups, such as one or two people.
Introverted children need their parents to accept their preferences and communicate to them that there are different types of people – some who enjoy being in large crowds and some who do not. Either way, it is okay.
Parents can gently encourage introverted children to go a little beyond their comfort zone in social matters. For example,
by teaching them how to manage crowds and other highly-stimulating situations.
by carefully selecting the number of activities you do, limiting the length of your stay, and building in down time between events.