Parenting Tip of the Day: Feb. 16

Is shyness something you should “fix” in your child? Perhaps he is just the way God intended him to be — and should be nurtured and appreciated for the special strengths he  has.

In her book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Cant Stop Talking,” author Susan Cain says one third of people are introverts — those who would rather listen than speak. This personality comes with many wonderful qualities — innovation, creativity and sensitivity — that have led introverts to make lasting contributions to society. (Famous introverts include Albert Einstein, J.K. Rowling and Dr. Seuss.)

“In her writing on temperament and personality, Cain references award-winning science writer David Dobbs’ ‘Orchid Hypothesis,'” writes Louise Gleeson in “It posits that while many children are like dandelions and are able to thrive in any environment, others are more like orchids that can wilt easily, but, in the right environment and with good parenting, can grow strong and magnificent.”

Related: So Your Kid’s Shy. So What?

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