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Do you have a child who is shy or introverted? Find out about the "quiet power of introverts" in the BBC Ideas video above. It shows you the very positive sides of being an introvert.
As the video says "the world feels like a place that rewards extroverts" that are louder and more noticeable, and it's easy to feel left out as an introvert.
Introverts often like quieter hobbies that require concentration, like reading, making and drawing or painting, playing chess. They are generally good listeners and their friendships are meaningful. They are happy to spend time on their own, and might "need some space" after a social gathering.
Help your child to feel good and confident about being an introvert.
Reading is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their ability to read becomes. Reading with your child, encouraging them and giving them space to read makes reading part of their everyday lives.
Talk to your child about which books they liked and what they think would be good to read next. Look out for other activities for your child’s age group in your local library.
Use magazines and newspapers for ideas, words and facts. Use the pictures as well as the words. Show your child different types of books - storybooks but also poetry and factual books for children, for example on nature, animals or insects. Encourage your child’s interest in reading about topics they enjoy, for example animals, music and football. Enjoying reading is the most important thing.
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