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But how do people overcome that fear?
For shy, nervous girls, everything can feel as daunting as a group presentation. How can we get our girls to stop worrying about taking up too much space, being too loud, and being their real selves?
Here are five ways you can help each of your Girl Scouts break out of her shell:. To fully be there for our girls, we need to be able to understand the difference between introversion and shyness, while also seeing the amazing benefits of both. To tell the difference, think about her reactions to crowds, parties, and other social situations: is she afraid of being judged for her clothes? Does she think that she might stumble over her words and get laughed at? Is she worried someone thinks something negative about her so she prefers to not say anything at all?
If so, your girl is dealing with shyness. In many ways, shy girls do not need our help to find their voice—they already have one. Instead, focus on providing them with spaces that are safe and inclusive. Letting each girl have a say in troop decisions, lead activities, or even just be the first person to share during a troop meeting: all of these are ways they can express themselves comfortably while pushing their limits.
For girls with fears of being judged or deal with social anxiety, you can be there for them by sharing with them a time that you struggled with the same feelings. Simply knowing that they are not alone is a huge help in getting girls to overcome their fears.
Another great tactic is working with your shy girls to build self-esteem and self-image. Give positive reinforcement when she does something challenging or pushes herself, and steer your compliments away from compliments having to do with looks, or anything else she is born with: hard work and growth is more important than talent. As her self-esteem grows, she will become more confident about advocating for herself.
Many shy girls may keep quiet about their needs and wants because of fear of judgement. As her adult, you have the power to help her ask for and find what she needs to grow in all aspects of her life.
Encourage her to be respectfully assertive, so she can express herself in a way that is true and genuine to who she is. But what if, no matter what you do, she is still shy? For every time she does speak, think about how much more weight her words carry because she is finally choosing to share.
They grow to be women of empathy, who understand that words matter. Supporting a diverse group of girls takes patience, work, and a little strategy. Whenever you see a shy girl, remember that you have the tools to help her become a confident woman, no matter the route she takes to get there. In college, Gabi found her passion for helping girls develop their leadership skills while having fun as she worked several summers as a camp staff member at Camp Bothin, and again during her years serving in AmeriCorps in Oakland. Save my name,and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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