There can be several reasons to cause the matter:
1. Difficulties with adaptation to new conditions and new surroundings.
The situation is very common among preschool children. On the one hand, everything new seems attractive to them, but on the other hand, it causes mistrust and fear.
2. Natural shyness.
Usually, it is difficult for shy and humble children to take the first step themselves, but in the process of direct communication they become liberated quickly.
3. There are no interesting children in the child’s milieu.
Toddlers, like adults, can be very selective, and it is likely that the child is simply not interested in interacting with children around him.
4. The child is “purely” introvert.
Such children feel comfortable in their "own world". There is no need to put pressure on children in such a situation as they may develop a distrust of their parents and even show aggressive behavior in response.
5. Bad experience.
Perhaps, the child had already taken the initiative earlier, but the proposal to become friends was rejected or ridiculed.
6. The child lacks independence.
In this case, children do not seek to make new acquaintances, because they expect their parents or a potential friend to do it for them.
TEACHING A CHILD TO MAKE FRIENDS
First things first, you need to find out the exact reason for the child to refuse to meet peers. It is better to address the topic during an ordinary conversation when the little one is disposed to the conversation as much as possible. As soon as you get the answers, here are some common practices aimed to help the child to build healthy interactions and communication.