Sam doesn’t talk much. He likes trucks and dogs but none of the kids in his class know that. The thought of show-and-tell at school sends Sam into a panic fueled tummy ache. What if he says something dumb? What if he says the wrong words? What if he cries, or worse, throws up?!!
Other kids take turns before Sam. None of them cry or throw up. No one laughs at them either, so Sam works up the courage to try show-and-tell himself. The illustration of Sam’s friends sitting on the rug eagerly waiting to hear what he has to say is priceless. Mostly, friends just want to be your friends. No one is waiting for Sam to mess up – they want to know what his cool show-and-tell thing is!
Next time, show-and-tell is easier for Sam because that’s how shy works…practice helps make handling it easier. I should know. I routinely threw up in the morning in elementary school during the first fear fueled weeks of school. Getting used to school can be hard! I did not like at all being expected to speak in front of the class. Show-and-tell? No, thank-you! All of that lasted until about fifth grade. I guess that was finally enough practice! If Sam and I can practice, your child can too! Author: Beth Bracken
If you have a shy child here are some websites that might give you ideas to help your child practice. Practice really does help.
- KidsHealth: Shyness
- KidsHealth: How Can I Help My Child Overcome Shyness?
- American Academy of Pediatrics HealthChildren.org: Shyness in Children
- Livstrong.com: Games for Shy Kids
- eHow: Games for Shy Kids
Here are some more books like Sam’s; stories about other kids who are also shy. Knowing a friend understands, even an imaginary book friend, helps too!