Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a week off due to an illness. I can’t remember when I’ve been so sick, but it’s over now and I’m on the mend.
Today, I’d like to talk about dealing with a sensitive child. I have one and I was one, so I know they need to be handled a little differently than a more rambunctious toddler.
It has been proven that sensitivity and intelligence are linked. The more sensitive you are the more intelligent you are. I’ve noticed with my sensitive guy, that this is true. He gets good grades with ease, and he learns things quickly.
Highly-sensitive boys feel their emotions deeply and because of this they can become overwhelmed. They can also stretch themselves too thin. They tend to be people pleasers and perfectionists. So, we as parents need to help them to set healthy boundaries and teach them just because they feel everything doesn’t mean they’re responsible for it.
Many highly sensitive people get trapped in taking on too much responsibility in situations because they feel the emotions of a person in agony, and try to solve the problem when it isn’t their problem. So, teaching them healthy boundaries and what they’re actually responsible for is a must.
For our sensitive littles, home must be a safe haven. Try to keep conflict to a minimum, especially between parents. Sensitive kids can zero in on a conflict and it can stress them out. Try to handle your conflicts in a calm manner, and if you can’t, try to keep it away from your sensitive kids.
Encourage your sensitive child to express their needs. Tell them they’re an important member of the family, and their needs need to be met. Many sensitive kids grow up putting their needs last because they care about other people so much.
Because they feel things so deeply, we as parents have to be careful about discipline. Most sensitive kids don’t need to be harshly disciplined. They need to know they are still loved in spite of their mistakes. A calm conversation with them is really all that’s needed. At least, that has been my experience. Also having a connection with their family is important, too. So, family fun nights are a must.
So, there you have it, my experience dealing with a sensitive child. How about you? What are your experiences? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!
6 thoughts on “Raising a Highly Sensitive Child”
Healthy boundaries. I wish I knew this as a little girl. It would have helped so much growing up as an empath and highly sensitive child. Hugs to you and your son. He’s got an amazing role model in you! Cheers, girlfriend!
Awww….thanks, Sharon! I appreciate that. I wish I had known this growing up as well. It would have saved me a lot of heartache. I hope all is well with you and you’re enjoying your new grand baby. ❤
Glad you’re feeling better and yes, you’re a great model for him
Awww…thanks, Beth! I sure hope so!
I love your thoughts and experience on parenting–especially since my guys are just behind yours, age-wise. Glad you’re feeling better, Lisa!
Thanks, Rebecca! I love that we can commiserate about parenting. It’s good to have someone to do that with and bounce ideas off of ever once and a while. I appreciate you, and I hope all is well with you!