Extroverts derive their energies from their surroundings making them social beings. Usually, extroverts are Choleric-sanguine in terms of personality. Social butterflies and the life of the party. You can tell from an early age your child’s personality mainly by watching their behavior. This is especially effective if you watch their interaction at social events.
How they react to certain change in environment. Do they recoil and just sit in a corner? Or do they identify potential playmates by casing their new environment then make new friends? If your answer to this question is the latter, then you are raising an extroverted child. At a very young age, extroverts are quite a hand full. Extroverted children thrive on interaction and conversation. They value verbal validation and conversation. They may also tend to report everything they do or hear in school.
More often, they get into trouble for noise making or even talking back. My niece is a five year old ball of energy. She stops only when she falls asleep. She loves other kids and her mum always has to go pick her up from the neighbors’ place to bathe her or get her to eat. Sometimes, she sneaks out of the house when it is raining to go play. It can be tedious to keep running around cleaning after a hyperactive child. It is also pretty exhausting to chase after her with a plate of food at lunch time. So how to you deal with the extrovert in your child.
1. Play dates Do not be afraid of being a little liberal with the play dates. Allow at least three children in your house so your social butterfly can enjoy herself. Set rules that she has to abide by to gain these privilege and then you have yourself a happy child.
2. Teach them to entertain themselves While we all want a child that is interactive with the world, it is important to teach them to love their company too. So they do not get gloomy when they cannot go and play outside with their friends. Learn their interests and help them create s hobby for themselves. Tea parties with the dolls for girls. I have found my niece play “teacher” to a group of teddy bears. Giving them a light slap on the paw if they do not listen to her. Games and puzzles that encourage creativity and take up a lot of thinking will keep them busy. If they grow to enjoy such activities, then encourage them to play more a few times a week on their own. Since they get bored very fast, keep changing it up. They will learn to enjoy their company as well as the company of other people. At the end of the day, we want to raise all-rounded children.
3. Day care centers and play school as opposed to a nanny For the kids that are too young for school but old enough for play school or day care centers, take them there. Sometimes staying with one person six days a week at the same place leaves an extroverted child gloomy and down. This is because they derive energy from social interaction. Being around people helps them regenerate energy. For this reason, Interacting with other kids will definitely be a confidence boost.
4. Encourage them to read It is important to help all children to develop a reading culture from a very young age. Reading instills knowledge, culture and wholesomeness. This will take time away from the excessive talking after dinner for the extroverted child. Plus a good story book outs them into peaceful sleep. Read with them. Take turns to read paragraphs. You can even let them read the book on their own at times. Let them grow to love sitting with a good book.
An extroverted child maybe a handful, but, they are also assertive and confident. My niece orders for her own pizza at the restaurant. She knows what she wants and is not afraid to ask for it. In many ways our world is set up for extrovert, for individualism and confidently putting forward our thoughts and ideas as well as opinions. So your child, as long as they are nurtured and raised to be citizens of the world, will be okay.