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It's never a good idea to compare your child to others, whether it's a more outgoing friend or an overachieving sibling. Instead, focus on what makes your child different and let her know how special that part of her personality is, says Lynne Milliner, a pediatrician with Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland. "That alone will help boost her confidence and make her more comfortable in front of others," she explains. So if your child isn't particularly athletic but loves to draw, sign her up for an art class where she can be around other kids with the same interest.
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