View Full Version : Very timid 2 year old

03-15-2014, 07:02 AM
I have a 2 year old that is just terrified of the other kids and any noises. He will hide under or behind anything he can find and just shakes and covers his face. Anyone else every had this and any tips?

03-15-2014, 07:15 AM
How long has he been in your care? I would say if he is just starting and he has never been in the daycare setting before AND is an only child, it may take him a bit to adjust to the noise and action of the other children.

03-15-2014, 07:58 AM
I'm currently transitioning a child who is 21 months old exactly like this. He is not use to being socialized, he is absolutely terrified of any new faces. If I move 5 ft away he starts crying, he is slowly getting better. It truly is very sad, I feel horrible for him. I do give hugs and try to reassure him but I'm not constantly around as he needs to learn. My little one dose not even know how to play. He constantly looks at me to see if he is doing it right or for feedback. I find plenty of validation, clapping and high fives go a long way.

I hope you see improvement soon!

03-16-2014, 08:54 AM
I have had him for one week half days and one week full days, He has a baby brother and even when the baby cries he has hands over ears and hiding. I spoke with the mom and she says he started doing it about 6 months ago but he seems fine when they go to play groups and swimming lessons. I will keep encouraging him and try to bring him out of this shell. thanks

03-17-2014, 01:01 AM
I'm used to such kids at my child care organization (http://weewatch.com/making-a-quality-child-care-choice/qualified-child-care-providers/). All what I do is give them the assurance that I'm right there and everything is in control. I've had kids who are so adamant out of fear that they wouldn't care to even look at other kids. But I have witnessed them coming out of their shells gradually, and gel with other kids. They are after all, kids! Give them some time to assimilate!

bright sparks
03-17-2014, 08:55 AM
It sounds like he has a little anxiety and as he is very new to you having only done 1 full week of full days I think you need to give him more time to adjust. If he is anxious to begin with then he may take longer to transition too. I'd give him lots of positive reassurance and reinforcement and then if after 4 weeks you see no improvement I would be inclined to just keep a written record of my observations of these anxious behaviours incase it is a sign of bigger things. Chances are he will be fine though. Fingers crossed and good luck :)