3 Ways to Help Your Shy Child Thrive in School

Some children are naturally quieter than others. If your child is a little intimidated by other people and could be described as "shy," the school environment could be challenging for them. After all, in school, they are asked to interact with others and be around other children all day. Most children eventually overcome shyness with age. However, in the meantime, there are a few things you can do to make school easier on your shy child.

Send them to a smaller school.

If your child is really struggling, sometimes starting over at a smaller school may be a good step. Many private schools offer smaller class sizes, which may be less overwhelming to your child. It's easier to talk in front of a group of 15 children than 30. Smaller classes also mean the school teacher will have more time to focus on each child. They can ensure your child's needs are not being overlooked because he or she is so quiet. 

Private schools sometimes have higher standards of conduct for their students than public schools. If your shy child is intimidated by others, possibly due to bullying, you may find that the other kids are nicer to them at a small private school.

Talk to their teacher.

The teacher is probably well aware that your child is one of the quiet ones. So, talking to them about your child is not so much to inform them of this challenge, but to brainstorm ways to address it. Maybe the teacher will agree not to call on your child so often if he or she has been coming home traumatized after being asked to speak in class. Perhaps the teacher can put your child in groups with kids he or she feels more comfortable with, rather than the ones who are louder and more aggressive. Explore in-class solutions with the teacher based on what you've gathered from your child at home.

Let your child see you interact with others.

Sometimes, shy children are quiet, at least in part, because they're not quite sure how to interact with others. Especially if you are a single parent or your partner is not home often, your child may not see you interact with others in a way he or she can emulate. So, invite some of your friends over, and interact with them while your child is around. He or she will watch and learn from the way you talk to people and will slowly grow better at interacting with others at school, too.