I was painfully shy as a child. I hid behind my parents or my siblings for years. I cried so much, mum stopped sending me to day care. But she had no choice when I started school, she had to learn to ignore the crying. I remember being in class one day, working hard as usual, when 2 girls started pointing and giggling at me. It seems I had wet my pants. I looked down and saw a huge puddle around me on the floorboards (no carpet in those days!) the teacher had to send me home. To add insult to injury, my older brother was asked to escort me safely home. He was so embarrassed that I’ld wet my pants in class that he walked at least 100 metres in front of me. I laugh about it now, but it was horrific at the time, to be too shy that I couldn’t even ask to go to the toilet even though I was obviously busting.

Posted by mom81879, 8th November 2015

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  • Oh looking back…don’t feel bad about it, I too had a class room wet session although it was slightly different. We really were not allowed to go to the toilet during school lessons (we were supposed to go at recess and lunch) well I needed to go during class but thought I could wait till the class had finished and race to the toilet before next class but you guessed it that did not happen..the result a nice puddle under my chair. Really embarrassing when you are in primary school but I guess that’s just part of life and you learn to move on.
    Hugs being sent your way and remember “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. :-)


  • Thank you for sharing your story. Tough situation but I’m glad you can laugh about it now


  • While it’s good you can now find something positive in the story, I NEVER use the label SHY for any child or any behaviour. It is a label that discourages communication with and support for with those that need it. A good reminder to us all to look beyond behaviour and help find positive solutions that support those around us.


  • I have a giggle to myself about it now. Even though it was quite tragic that I was too shy to ask for the toilet. I never really got any better during my youth. Now, nearing 50, I find I don’t care so much and am a lot more outgoing

    • Glad that with getting older this has changed for you – shyness can be crippling at times for kids and adults. Some people are introverts and some extroverts and there are pros and cons to both.


  • Thanks for sharing your story and it is hard for kids that are shy. It takes a lot of work and strategies to help kids with shy behaviour. Glad you can look back and reflect on it and not feel too bad about it.


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