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Do you have a highly sensitive child? If so, it may require that you develop some sensitive parenting skills…
“… it is primarily parenting that decides whether the expression of sensitivity
will be an advantage or a source of anxiety.”
Elaine Aron, PhD
There are actual differences in the nervous system of a highly sensitive child,
A highly sensitive child is one of the fifteen to twenty percent of children born with a nervous system that is highly aware and quick to react to everything. This makes them quick to grasp subtle changes, prefer to reflect deeply before acting, and generally behave conscientiously. They are also easily overwhelmed by high levels of stimulation, sudden changes, and the emotional distress of others. ~TheHighlySensitivePerson
If you are a highly sensitive person yourself, understanding your child may be easier for you. But, if not and your child just seems whiny and easily overstimulated, here are some tips to help you understand:
Things To Know Parenting Highly Sensitive Children
The goal is not to dismiss their feelings; instead, teach them how to express their strong reactions in socially appropriate ways.
These children will often share with you how they feel about every little thing. ~ TheCenterForParentingEducation
Be understanding and partner with your child to help him or her be all he or she can be. That is what makes you an amazing parent! When you value a child, especially a sensitive one, you honor him or her for inner strength.
…sensitive children though need especially good role models because they are learning how to use their incredible gift in a world that sometimes doesn’t value it’s inherent worth. ~PsychologyToday
Resources For Parents of Sensitive Children:
Parenting the Highly Sensitive Child : A Guide for Parents & Caregivers of ADHD, Indigo and Highly Sensitive Children