Browsing: Shy Kids

Introvert vs. Extrovert Survival Strategies

Two little boys played at a lakeside beach. The water was cold and reached their waists, in some places their chests.

One boy plunged right in. He didn’t know how to swim, but that didn’t stop him.

The second boy stuck by the shore. He didn’t know how to swim, so he built elaborate sand piles from the safety of the shallows…


Watch this Teacher Engage Shy Students Via Twitter

I’m quickly becoming a fan of social media in the classroom, especially for shy or introverted kids. Here’s a CNN video of a high school teacher using Twitter to reach his students, especially the shy ones. There is of course a danger that shy kids will become too reliant on these technologies to do the […]


Ten Tips for Parenting an Introverted Child

1. Don’t just accept your child for who she is; treasure her for who she is. Introverted children are often kind, thoughtful, focused, and very interesting company, as long as they’re in settings that work for them. 2. Introverted kids usually have the capacity to develop great passions. Cultivate these enthusiasms. Intense engagement in an […]


Ten Tips for Parenting Introverted Kids

Are you the parent of an introverted child? If so, you might be interested in a guest post I wrote for Adam McHugh’s thoughtful and often funny blog, Introverted Church. Here are a couple of the tips I posted there: 1. If your child is shy, don’t let her hear you call her by that […]


Introverted Parenting Week

Adam McHugh, author of the book Introverts in the Church, is running a wonderful series on his blog called “Introverted Parenting Week.” Check it out here. Many of the posts have covered the challenges of being an introverted parent. I’ll be guest-posting tomorrow, offering ten tips for parenting introverted children. (And I’ll be posting here […]


Students Speak Up In Class, Silently, Using the Tools of Social Media

That’s the headline of a fascinating article in the New York Times. The article reports that “social media, once kept outside the school door, can entice students who rarely raise a hand to express themselves via a medium they find as natural as breathing. ‘When we have class discussions, I don’t really feel the need […]


Question of the Week: When Should Parents Encourage Cautious Children to Push Beyond Their Fears?

Lately, I’ve been flooded with e-mails from readers asking me questions they’d like to see answered on this blog. So last week I introduced a popular new feature, the Question of the Week, in which I post the questions I see most frequently, and ask you to answer and discuss them via your comments. Last […]

Quiet: The Book

- Wall Street Journal

Bill Gates names "The Power of Introverts" one of his all-time favorite TED Talks.

Best Nonfiction Book of 2012

QUIET has been voted the best nonfiction book of 2012


1. There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers.

2. Our culture rightly admires risk-takers, but we need our “heed-takers” more than ever.

3. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.

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