Got a Shy Kid? Here's How to Help Him Make Friends

Even outgoing kids can suddenly get shy when confronted with a new class of kids. Here's how you can help them buddy up! (18 Photos)

Jennifer Derryberry Mann on Sep 1, 2013 at 10:48AM

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Got a Shy Kid? Here's How to Help Him Make Friends

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Put Words in Your Kid's Mouth

"I like ___ because ___. Can I help you ____?" is a great opening sentence to rehearse with your kids, says Julia Simens, author of Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child. "For instance, your child could say, 'I like your tall building block hospital because it looks like a real place. Can I help you add a parking garage?'" When your child is positive and specific, she's less likely to get turned down.

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