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How Pumpic Can Help You Understand Your Introverted Child More

May 18, 2017
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Our world keeps rushing and changing constantly to become extremely social. Means and ways of communication change, too: handwritten letters and greeting cards are almost forgotten, while endless chats and countless posts on social networks became a part of our everyday life. Caring parents learn to bring up their kids accordingly to this outgoing and dynamic society, but it’s not same easy for every child to get used to it.

According to a major research conducted by MBTI Manual, as much as 49.3% of the Earth population is extroverts and 50.7% – introverts.

Extraversion and introversion are two main types of human personality. While any person normally combines the traits of both types, he or she is still more likely to relate to one of them more than to the other. For the both types, the dominant traits are inborn and can be traced from the early childhood.

Extraverted people are generally more outgoing, energetic, and talkative; they express own emotions easily and lead an active social life. As opposed to them, introverts are typically more quiet and thoughtful; they prefer to stay more on their own and may have a hard time meeting new people and making friends. It is not always easy for the parents of introverts to understand their kids because they are naturally more reserved and often hold their emotions, feelings, and worries to themselves.

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This is why parents of an introverted child should give them more attention and care, and look for different ways that could help to understand their kid better. Parental monitoring apps such as Pumpic can assist greatly to fulfill this task, letting parents get to know more about their child’s interests, the circle of contacts as well as not to miss anything important happening to their introverted son or daughter.

So, how to understand an introvert? What can you do to become your kid’s best friend and how can modern technologies help you out in parenting an introverted child? Read the advice below to learn more.

  • Introverted children need to spend some time alone

Introverted children get tired of various group activities faster than extroverts. Plenty of social interaction drains them out. It is absolutely normal that at home they want to spend some time alone to recharge their energy. During this quiet period a child introvert may dive into his/her hobby: read a book, draw, listen to music or surf the Web.

Chatting with their peers online, watching videos, playing online games or reading something related to their hobbies is what most of the kids do. However, a child may face many dangers online, such as various Internet scams or even child identity theft.

Being naturally more reserved, your “innie” kid may not tell you at once about what scares or worries him, and this is where the possibility to monitor your child’s online activity through a parental monitoring app can appear to be really helpful. By keeping an eye on your kids’ contacts, their posts, and chats online, as well as web pages they open, you can get to know about any threats immediately and avert them before it’s too late.

  • Let your child introvert make new friends gradually. Online friendship can be a good start

Introverted children may feel awkward trying to make new friends in real life. Often, they feel shy even to simply start a conversation with a stranger. On the contrary, communicating via the social networks on the Internet may be a lot easier to them, as they don’t have to leave their comfort zone at once. There’s no need for small talk, and a child can control to whom and how much he wants to talk; a kid may take a break from the conversation if he/she feels the need to do so and return to it when he/she is ready.

Keeping all this in mind, parents can help their introvert kid to find new friends through the Internet. Firstly, parents can get to know more about what their kid is into with the help of parental monitoring app. After this, they can suggest their child various trusted online groups and communities that have to do with his interests and hobbies.

There a kid can communicate with peers who share his interests. Later, once a child is feeling comfortable around his new acquaintances, parents can encourage him to meet these children in person and grow online relationship into a real-life friendship.

  • Monitoring location of a child introvert can be helpful

Being more reserved than other kids, introverted children may sometimes not tell their parents when and where they want to go. Of course, a mom or a dad can call their child anytime and ask where they are, but a kid can simply not answer the call. To save selves from worries, parents can use such a tracking function of a monitoring app. It traces a child’s location through the GPS. Thanks to it, you will always know the accurate whereabouts of your kid.

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Even if they don’t answer your calls on their cell at once, you will still know where they are and that they, for example, haven’t left the town. The location tracking feature can be extended with geofences function. A parent sets a certain zone, for example, from home to school, and if a child goes outside of this area, a parent will get an immediate email notification.

Another aspect of a child’s location monitoring is that parents may get to know, for instance, if a kid is skipping school. A child introvert may not share all his worries with his parents. If he is being bullied at school or feels uncomfortable to any other reason –he may hide it, and just try to skip the lessons to avoid the source of his troubles.

In another situation, a kid may regularly meet his peers who share same interests as he, but parents may not be aware of it. A kid may be playing in a small school music band, but might also be attending a computer gaming club or some other place that his parents might not approve.

This can be especially possible during a child’s “rebellion” phase – when a kid turns into a teen and wants to do everything the way he/she likes. Parenting an introverted teenager may be not easy, and a monitoring app can offer parents an excellent help. Being able to keep an eye on a child’s location through the app, parents can get to know more about how and where he’s spending his time, and start a delicate discussion at home.

Introverted children may not always be easy to understand, and parents have to do their best to gain their trust and friendship. However, such kids often grow into interesting and thoughtful people with unique hobbies; they often become great listeners and loyal friends. Loving parents should help them develop all these positive traits of character, and from their childhood should appreciate them for who they are.

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