How can I get my toddler to not be so shy? I don't want her to be as shy as I was when I was little. I used to cry at school if the teacher called on me. Any ideas? When we go places she stays real close to me for at least a half hour, maybe more. Then I can't leave the room without her following me and calling for me. And she doesn't talk to others either if they say hello. She just stares at them. I see other kids her age talking to grown ups.