It’s already the middle of January and this is the first post of 2018 – apologies for the serious slacking on my part. It’s been that way for a few months now and there’s a good reason: I’m a mother.
One thing I have learnt (the hard way) as the years have gone by is that no matter how much I love writing, my blogs and helping others with their highly sensitive children (HSC) my role as mother to my three HSCs comes first. And it’s a rollercoaster – some times I am needed more than other times.
And for the last few months they have needed me more than usual.
Just like last year here’s a round up of the top read posts of the year.
With no further ado the third most read post this year is this one: How Do You Know When It’s Time to Change Schools?
At number two in the popularity list this year is 8 Ways to Help A Highly Sensitive Child With Their Emotions
And drumroll please…… the most visited post this year was 7 Tips to Help a Highly Sensitive Child Flourish in School
There’s a clear continuing pattern of our highly sensitive children needing help in school and two of these posts made the top three last year too!
On that note, I wish you all a happy new year – in 2018 keep reminding yourselves that YOU know your happy sensitive child better than anyone around you and have the courage to keep those nagging critics and doubts at bay!
It’s that time of year! It’s a great time to buy gifts for the highly sensitives in our lives that actually help them. The ultimate Happy Sensitive Kids’ gift guide is divided up into sections to help you narrow down that perfect present for your child.
- Gifts to Help with Sleeping and Relaxation
- Gifts to Help with Emotions
- Gifts to Help Empty Their Buckets
- Gifts to Wear
- Gifts to Declutter
- Gifts to Read
- Dutch Language Gifts
A common question asked in the Happy Sensitive Kids community is exactly what to share with a teacher about a highly sensitive child. Parents are worried about slapping labels on their child’s heads, or being THAT parent. At the end of the day you have to be the best advocate you can be for your child, particularly young children who can’t explain their emotions or speak up for themselves.
Remember that teachers are not mind readers and, in general, are open to your guidance when it comes to getting the best out of your child.
I have been in one to one discussions with teachers and school counsellors more times than I can remember about my three highly sensitive children; here’s a list of things that have been helpful to share along the way. Continue reading
One issue parents of highly sensitive children often face is the family member or friend who insists that we have made our children sensitive or “fussy”. Such accusations (because let’s face it these kind of things are never said in a positive congratulatory tone) make us doubt ourselves and our parenting skills. But they shouldn’t. Some of us are born highly sensitive. It’s innate. We are not made sensitive by our environment.
Highly sensitive children like structure and find comfort in the familiar. They operate best when they are in an environment they know and with people they are accustomed to being with. So what happens when you pull them out of their trusted environment? Like a change of school? Or a house move? Highly sensitive children would fall apart right?
Speaking from personal experience.
A common question in the Happy Sensitive Kids community is whether a child is highly sensitive or whether there is a sensory processing disorder. The two are not the same – but there is lots of confusion about the differences. Luckily, Naturally HSP is on hand to shed some light.*
Whether a child is Highly Sensitive or has Sensory Processing Disorder is a question that comes up frequently and confounds many. There can be similarities in the way a Highly Sensitive Child and one with Sensory Processing Disorder responds to sensory stimulation which explains the confusion. There is an important difference however, as one, High Sensitivity, is a normal temperament variation, whereas the other, Sensory Processing Disorder, is a neurological condition.