Take today, however. She had her Kindergarten orientation. She's very excited about Kindergarten -- she wishes it was Monday already :) She has a new-to-the-school teacher (kind of -- the teacher started last year in a different grade), and she couldn't wait to meet her. But when the time came to actually meet her teacher, she clung to me and wouldn't even look at the woman. A bit later, E was reading books to me, and when her teacher came up and started to listen, E hid behind her book, her voice going inaudible.
My good friend, with whom we do many activities (and have for three years now), told me today that last week, E wouldn't talk to her in the pool locker room. My friend was trying to help E while I helped D, but E wouldn't even let her near her.
So, I wonder how to encourage E to relax a bit when she's not with me. Even with me there, she can be extremely shy (especially in new situations -- or noisy/loud/crowded circumstances). Without me, she fades into the background...which doesn't get you far in this extroverted (here I am, see me) world.
I was not this kind of introvert. I have no problem talking to strangers or even large groups. Attention doesn't bother me (unless, of course, it's for negative reasons). I wanted my teachers to know what I could do...I'm not sure E cares if they know. I think she's a shy introvert, whereas I'm a very not-shy introvert. How do shy introverts make their way? Any thoughts?