Fear of Relatives
When it's time to greet everyone at the family get-together, your child tries to hide in fear or is as stone-faced as a Secret Service agent.
Prevention pointers: Kids often feel intimidated by groups of people they don't see regularly, so run through the guest list with your child before the party. Show him pictures of relatives he might not remember, so they won't seem like strangers. Then, rehearse polite intros. For example: "Here's your cousin Jim. When we see him, I want you to shake his hand and say hi. Let's pretend I'm Jim, and you can practice it now." When the big day arrives, try to introduce your child to one relative at a time so he won't get swallowed up or intimidated in a huge group.
Fast fix: Explain to the snubbed relative that your child tends to be shy around people he doesn't see a lot. Say, "I'm sure he'll warm up later and will want to play with you -- it's how he is."