I hope this isn't too off-topic for this forum. If it is, I apologize.
I'm wondering how other parents deal with this. I've always dealt with anxiety in my own life, and it intensified with the arrival of my first child 4.5 years ago. Luckily, my anxiety is distributed over all areas of my life - it's not just concentrated on family-related stuff. I am taking prozac now to help, and working with a therapist as well.
Anyway. I struggle with getting my son involved in things where I'd have to talk to other parents. I do it, for him, but it's definitely a struggle for me.
But also, I'm struggling with his emotional development, and I worry that he's destined to follow in my footsteps. I'm struggling with what's normal 4.5 yo shyness and what might be a larger issue. I've talked to his pediatricians, and as I expected, their answer was that kids his age are all over the map. As long as he doesn't seem to be struggling, they're not too concerned.
I guess the bottom line is, I'm afraid of creating issues for him out of nowhere. I'm afraid he'll pick up on my anxieties and uneasiness with certain situations and adopt them as his own.
I stay home with him (and a baby sister) so it's all me, all the time. I don't want to ruin him!