Most people consider me shy and I have been as long as I can remember. I hated in school when teachers would comment on it and say that I didn't smile enough or talk enough. I felt like they were trying to make me into something that I wasn't. Even now I don't like speaking in public or going to company mixers or parties where I don't know a lot of people or whatever. I always feel like I'm faking being social or something.
So anyways, my DS seems to take after me (and my DH too) and is on the shy side and very reserved. He doesn't like new situations and it takes him a long time to warm up to new people. He's in daycare twice a week which helps but his teachers comment on how he hardly ever participates in circle time or doesn't play much when there's a big group of kids. I try to take him out to library story times and to toddler events, but he just sits in my lap most of the time and watches. I don't want to push him to be something that he's not since I hated that growing up, but I would like him to take advantage of social situations. Like today we went to the park which he usually loves but he refused to play and kept saying "no people." He talks and plays a ton at home and with family that he knows so I'm not worried about him developmentally or anything.
So I'm not even really sure what I'm asking. Just curious if anyone has a LO who is similar and how you balance trying let them be who are they while trying to teach them how to live in a world where extroverts seems to be so valued. Thank you if you made it this far!