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How can I force a shy child to make friends?
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In brief: Don't
You never want to force a child to do anything.
Provide your child with opportunities to socialize. Realize that a shy child will take longer to warm up to new or uncomfortable situations. You can help decrease the anxiety by preparing her for new situations, such as, visiting a new school, day care, etc. prior to her/he needing to be there. Also discuss this with her doctor.

In brief: Don't
You never want to force a child to do anything.
Provide your child with opportunities to socialize. Realize that a shy child will take longer to warm up to new or uncomfortable situations. You can help decrease the anxiety by preparing her for new situations, such as, visiting a new school, day care, etc. prior to her/he needing to be there. Also discuss this with her doctor.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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