Here is the description of the book:
Being an introverted child is difficult, especially in an ever-increasingly noisy world. Often viewed as aloof, unmotivated or conceited, introverted children are deeply misunderstood by parents, educators and even their peers. That's where Quiet Kids: Helping Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World comes in. Designed to provide parents with a blueprint for not only understanding the nature of introversion, Quiet Kids provides specific strategies to teach their children how to thrive in a world that may not understand them. Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses real-world examples and stories from introverts and parents to show parents and educators how to help children develop resiliency and enhance the positive qualities of being an introvert. With specific strategies to address academic performance, bullying, and resiliency, Quiet Kids is a must read for anyone wishing to enhance the lives of introverted children.
An Interview with Christine Fonseca:
- Why is important to address temperament, especially introversion, with kids?
Helping kids understand their temperament early does a couple of things - first, it helps them understand that they are not crazy. They don't need to force themselves to meet some Western ideal (extroversion), there is strength in introversion. Secondly, it helps parents and educators recognize the unique strengths the introverted child may possess, also serving to remove any stigma introverted children feel.
- How do you know if your child is introverted?
Like any personality trait, each individual introvert is somewhat unique. In general, introversion refers to how a person uses energy - extroverted people tend to thrive on social situations, needing the energy from these situations in order to renew. Introverts, on the other hand, find the energy generated in highly social situations to be draining. They require solitude in order to renew.
It is the same with children. Some typical early signs to look for:
- Hesitation in new situations
- Appears to be "lost" inside of him or herself
- gets grouchy when around people for too long
- overly "shy"
- Become agitated when there is a lot of sensory overload
- Most comfortable by him or herself or with 1 or 2 friends
- Needs "downtime" after school or highly social activities
- What are the most challenging things facing parents of introverted children?
For the extroverted parent of an introvert, it is recognizing that their child does not NEED to be extroverted in order to be successful - there is strength, significant strength, in being introverted. For the introverted parent, it is making sure not to project any difficulties they had as children onto their own kids. Not all introverted children struggle related to their temperament.
Publisher's Weekly was kind enough to call the book "Extremely useful for educators and parents, this thoughtful text emphasizes the many gifts of quiet kids.”
Quiet Kids can be found in Barnes and Noble stores across the United States, as well as online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Walmart and other retailers world wide.
As part of the launch of Quiet Kids, I developed a little quiz to help you know if you may have an introvert in the house:
- My child prefers to spend time alone or reading after school? T/F
- My child is generally quiet? T/F
- Teachers often characterize my child as shy? T/F
- I often worry that my child has very few friends? T/F
- My children struggles when things are not part of a routine or predictable? T/F
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