This is a very back-dated post, but I want to note this down as it was our kiddos’ first visit to the public library on 24 November 2009.
Hubby and I brought the kids to our local public library. This was the same library that I went to every Saturday after my curriculum activities when I was still in primary school. My friends and I would make a beeline towards the library, chatting away. We had to cross a number of roads, one really wide one too, and we held hands and huddled together while crossing.
The kids often hear about Gabriel’s (their cousin in Singapore who gets to visit a really fabulous library) stories about library visits, and they wanted to visit one too. So we brought them one Saturday. The books were a little old, but interesting nonetheless. HQ was more interested with the animal encyclopedias and QQ the small graphical short stories. HQ was adamant to hear us read every single page of the books he selected. So we cheated lo… skipped a lot to save time… hee hee. On the other had, QQ enjoyed selecting books from the shelves, bringing them to our table, and bringing the books back to the shelves again, after just flipping a few pages. At one point, HQ pointed to me a little girl sitting at the back of the room, saying that she’s his schoolmate (of his old school). I suggested to him to walk over to say hello. My boy smiled sheepishly and declined. I thought he was shy, so I suggested walking together with him to say hello to his schoolmate. He nodded and while walking towards her, he held on to my hand and shook his head. He didn’t want to proceed. When I asked him why, he told me “Her mama is with her.” “It’s ok, you can call her aunty” I suggested. He shook his head. So, we went back to our own table.
My little boy can make monkey faces in public, negotiate with our familiar pead, experiment fashion in public and dance a silly dance, but with strangers, he’s really a shy little boy :-). I read that it’s normal for some kids to be shy, and that to wait for them to be ready at their own pace. Are your kids shy? How do you encourage your kids to overcome shyness? :-)
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