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In a week or so, I’ll be spending time with my grandsons while waiting for our little grandaughter to “hatch”. The three boys are a delightful mixture of boyish fun, who look a lot like each other, and are full of love and smarts, but one of them is what I would call, an extrovert. As I read this article, I identified with the child and thought about ways this child who is very much like I am could have fun together instead of butting heads as we tend to do. I hope you enjoy the article.

Parenting From Scratch

As a follow up to my post last week about raising introverted kids, here is its counterpart on what you need to know about raising extroverted kids. By nature, extroverts are stimulating and outgoing. Extra = outward, Versio = a turning/ to turn. They turn outwardly for thinking, processing, feeling, sensing, and experiencing, which means extroverted kids are chatty, sensory-seeking and naturally expressive. Here are 4 things to know about parenting extroverted children:

1. Extroverted kids need interpersonal interactions. Being social is what energizes them; it’s being alone for long periods of time that drains them and brings out grumpy, irritable behavior. Extroverts have a need for stimulation, and engaging in frequent human contact and conversation on a regular basis meets this need. Engagement with others feeds the extroverted child’s soul.

DO: Provide opportunities for social interaction, preferably in groups or with a wide variety of people. Parents, siblings…

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