My little one and I started going to playgroup this year and he loves it. He’s almost two and I do feel a bit guilty that I hadn’t started taking him sooner but the problem has been me. The fact is, I’m fairly shy and I dislike being in a room full of people that I don’t know. It makes me nervous and I just want to run and hide.
BUT, for the sake of my little one, I have forced myself to go to both Story Time at our Library and Playgroup each week (health and weather pending). Slowly but surely I feel like I’m getting to know the other mums there and I’m getting less anxious each time I walk in. That’s progress, right? And my son loves it of course!
So anyway, within the last two weeks we have had not one but TWO invitations to fellow playgroup kids’ birthday parties. I know it’s sad, but I was quite excited about it because it’s proof that my little guy is making friends (sort of – he’s only 2) and I’m not holding him back after all.
Has anyone got any tips for overcoming shyness? I have noticed that my son is not yet shy but he is more cautious than other children. I really hope that my shyness and anxiety about crowds don’t also become a problem for him too.
Posted anonymously, 21st August 2014