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How to Tell if Your Child is Shy or if it's Actually Anxiety

How can you tell the difference between age-appropriate social awkwardness and something more serious? An untidy line of preschool kids dressed in black bottoms and white tops belt out choir songs on stage. My son faces the wrong way and chews his fingers. I try to catch his eye and give him an encouraging smile, as I mime the familiar words which he has been singing loudly and confidently in our house for weeks. But he chooses to avoid my gaze, instead focusing on an errant hangnail...
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