Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Introverted Parenting and Parenting Introverts

A few people have lamented that I didn't include a chapter or section on introverted parenting and parenting introverts in Introverts in the Church. My reasons for this absence are twofold: 1. The book is focused on when the community of God gathers and when the community of God disperses and 2. I'm not a father and I don't know much about kids.

By far the most awkward moments in my radio interviews have come when a host or caller has asked me about 1. Being an introverted parent with an extroverted child or 2. Being an extroverted parent with an introverted child. Obviously, these are highly important topics and you can help me out by answering a few questions:

1. If you are an introverted parent, what are the hardest parts of parenting extroverts?

2. If you are an introverted parent, what general suggestions do you have for parenting?

3. If you are an extroverted parent, what are the hardest parts of parenting introverts?

4. How do you encourage introverted children to embrace their introversion and also develop social skills?

And if anyone wants to write a guest post on this issue, please let me know. I would love to get a lively conversation going here on this subject!