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I was wondering if there is any way I can help my son overcome this over the top shyness he has like his father had as a child. He is schedule to go to day care in 6 months and from what I can see right now, there is no way that will happen. Every time we go visit he is glued to me the whole time, cries when strangers talk to him and we can't leave his side at all if we are outside of the house. He is currently being taken care of by his grandmother in my house. I'm really mentally stressing in my head about the whole daycare situation that is coming up. I'm planning to bring him myself twice a week for a hour or so 2 months before he starts part time but I'm wondering what else I can do to help him get out of this? Both parents work full time during the week and we both take him out on the weekend to expose him to strangers. Any help is gratefully appreciated!!! Thank you so much!

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He may have a fear of social situations. First, go to children's social event with him. Then walk briefly a short distance away only until he begins to feel fearful, then return to him. Repeat until you can walk out of the room without him becoming fearful.  

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