In a world where extroverts rule, being an introvert can make a person feel out of place at times. Now add in being a parent to the mix. Yep, you guessed it. Parenting can be a little more difficult.
A lot of people don’t realize just how hard it is to be an introvert parent. While other parents are getting together so their kids can have play dates introverted parents are trying to come up with stimulating activities they can do with their kids at home, or in the very least without company.
Now don’t get me wrong. It’s not like introvert parents shun everyone else. It’s just now that most of our time is taken up by our kids it’s even harder to want to spend time with others.
At times I feel like being an introvert is a burden to my children, but I have found other ways for them to get the social interaction they need while allowing myself to recharge.
Here’s a list of some helpful tips on how you can do it all, even as an introvert parent.
Daycare is a great way for my children to get the social interaction they need while I simply go to work. There are so many great aspects to allowing your children to socialize with others. Children learn to empathize with others in a social environment, as well as, learn to listen better, because they are getting direction from more than just a parent.
Your child’s first friends will most likely be from daycare. The best part is they get to spend all day with them so you don’t have to bring another kid home if you don’t want to.
- Go to the Park
Bring your child to the park and they are guaranteed to make some short term friends. Kids are great at making friends anywhere they go. The fact that your child is running around wild and free allows them to be more adventures and play together with other children. This is something I do often.
If you have family nearby hand your children over every once in awhile so they can play with cousins or to just give yourself a break. Every few months I have my parents take my children for a weekend and it is oh sooo refreshing!. I feel revitalized as a parent and my children get used to spending time with others.
Try to get out once in awhile and enjoy the activities of the city. Go to a parade, a farmers market, a craft show, etc. Do anything you find enjoyable that you think your children will enjoy, as well.
- No pressure
Each and every parent has their own worries. Introverted parents may feel they have a few more worries, mostly over social interactions. Don’t feel pressured to do things you don’t feel like just for your child’s sake. For example, if your 3-year-old is invited to a birthday party, but you don’t want to go then no worries. There will be plenty of birthday parties in the future. As your child gets older they will eventually go to birthday parties on their own. No parent needed.
- Find Stimulating Activities for Home
Need a break from all the chaos of the outside world? Why not have some stimulating activities stashed away for your kids?
Here’s a list of ideas
- crayons and a coloring book
- no mess painting
- toddler target practice
- draw with chalk
- build a fort and place a pile of books nearby
- build a cool cardboard car your kids can play with at any times
As a new parent, being an introvert can be hard. Over time it is something you will get used to. With the tips above you should be able to find a good balance.
Let me know if you have any other great tips for being an introvert parent!