First, understand that there’s nothing wrong with having an introverted child. It’s simply a challenge you both have to deal with together one step at a time. There’s no reason to be ashamed or wish it was different.
All you have to do is be willing to adapt to various circumstances and let your child know you have their back. Playing sports is one way to get them interacting with others and breaking out of their shell. Encouraging them to participate in sports will help your child see that they have talents and the ability to converse with others and enjoy themselves. See how to support your introverted teenager through extroverted situations.
Talk to them
Support your child by talking to them. Have an open conversation about how each of you feels about the topic of introverts and extroverts. See where your teenager stands in all of it and listen to their viewpoints. Ask them questions about why they like and don’t like playing sports and how you can help them succeed. It’s possible they’re apprehensive because they had a bad practice and you talking to them is one way to get over the hump.
Introduce them to Situations Slowly
Don’t force your child to participate in events and play every sport under the sun. Start small by introducing one activity they seem to have an interest in. Take one day at a time and notice how your teen does at the first few practices. Introverts tend to feel anxious and uneasy around new environments and people. Give your child a break and let them adjust slowly at their own pace. Arrive early and be ready to go before the other children arrive, so there’s less pressure on your teenager.
Show Financial Backing
You can’t encourage your teenager to participate in a sport and then leave them high and dry. For example, if they’re into freestyle scootering, help them find the right equipment for their interest. Head to an online store such as Skates and locate top brands like Grit that design excellent quality, clean looking and technically advanced stunt scooters. Make the purchase as an offering to your child; show them that you support their new adventure and are proud of them for challenging themselves. This will hopefully allow them to open up even more and feel encouraged to continue practicing.
Be by their Side
You don’t have to hold their hand, but you do want to support your teenager by being at their side through the transition phases. If you drop them off at practice or the skate park, hang around for a few minutes observing until you feel like they’re settled. Attend events and competitions to show your support and make it clear how much you care.
Having a quiet child is a challenge many parents face. Instead of getting frustrated, reach out and help your son or daughter succeed. This is how to support your introverted teenager through extroverted situations.
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