Maria - posted on 10/11/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )
My daughter is 12 years old and I'm having a hard time with her being too shy. If that's possible. See, everytime we go some place or do something....she never wants to venture off and do her own thing. I know that in a way, its a good thing but I feel that if she doesn't grow out of it now, it's going to be much harder to break her out of it later. When we go shopping she's right there behind me like a tail. She doesn't like to go outside to play and prefers to stay in the house reading a book. I know reading a book is great for her but a kid is a kid and they need to be a kid and go outside and play, make friends, etc...
My husband sarcastically says that I need to cut the umbilical cord. He says I'm too over protective of her and that she needs to be more independent. In my opinion, she's only 12 years old and definately, she does need to be more independent but I'm having a hard time figuring out how to help her become more independent.
Any suggestions from moms who have daughters around my girl's age would be really appreciated.