The Happy Sensitive Kids community is more than 3000 strong, and is a wise, experienced group when it comes to raising highly sensitive children. The book list below is the top ten bestselling books bought by the Happy Sensitive Kids community through the course of last year. There’s no better recommendation than the reading list of others facing the same parenting challenges and joys.
#10 All Too Much for Oliver
The end of the school year draws close, or is already upon some of you. There’s a collective sigh of relief as school is put on hold for a few months. No alarm clocks and morning struggles for a while. Empty days and summer awaits. And for your highly sensitive child (HSC) that may have a surprisingly negative impact.
Why a HSC Has Difficulty Transitioning From School to Summer Break
Empty days. No obligations. No early mornings. No struggling to get out of the door on time. No days full of classrooms, lessons and busy activities. Heavenly right?
Well yes and no.
You can use essential oils in a number of ways around your home and in doing so replace the chemical products you currently use with natural homemade products. It’s not just better for us but it’s really easy to embark on your own ‘go natural’ journey! Here are five easy, awesome ways I use essential oils in my home.
1. Fabric Softener
I haven’t bought fabric softener for our laundry for months now. Many people are sensitive to shop bought fabric softeners and the smell of some can be overpowering.
And quite frankly, it’s expensive.
Getting out in the garden is a great bucket emptier, not just for you but for your children too. There are lots more benefits too. Here are eight great reasons to create a herb garden with your children.
1. Highly Sensitive Children Love Being in Nature
Highly sensitive children (HSCs) usually have an affinity with nature and so gardening is a natural activity that captures their attention and imagination. It’s a natural bucket emptying activity. It’ll keep them away from those electronic screens!
2. Kids Learn Where Their Food Comes From
I embarked a mission more than a year ago to ‘go natural’ in my home. It’s a journey I’m still on, learning something every day, but most importantly I’m more conscious of which products come into my home and into contact with my highly sensitive children.
Essential Oils and Highly Sensitives
Highly sensitive people (HSPs) can be overwhelmed by strong smells and have an adverse reaction to chemicals. Read The Impact of Strong Smells on Highly Sensitive People for more details on the impact those strong smelling chemicals have on your highly sensitive family.
It’s the reason I made the switch to essential oils in my home, for my highly sensitive family.
We all want our young children to mature into independent, self-sufficient teenagers, but whilst they are young they need us to give them a voice. They need us to stand up for them and communicate their needs. They need us to be their greatest advocate. Here are seven tips to help you advocate for your child.
Why a Highly Sensitive Child Needs Us to Speak for Them
In many cases your highly sensitive child (HSC) will not show their true emotion in the classroom. They wait until they get home and then melt down. A teacher can therefore be oblivious to the issues that your HSC face. It may take a long time for your HSC to build up the trust with a teacher that allows your HSC to show their real selves, if ever.
All young children need a parent to help them communicate with other adults. They need help to feel listened to. They need us to help them put how they feel into language that others will act upon.
If you are a highly sensitive person (HSP) with a heightened sensitivity to smells then some scents feel like a real onslaught. One notable example of this is chemical cleaning products and synthetic air fresheners. It’s the reason why I delved into the world of essential oils and started experimented with making my own household products. I can tell you this, once you’ve gone natural, you’ll never go back!
Highly Sensitive People and Smell
Aron states that whilst HSP’s don’t have better developed senses, it often feels that way. Strong smells, for example, are overwhelming for a HSP, as are bright lights, and noisy environments.
Have you ever had someone walk by you with strong perfume on and actually felt nauseous because it is so overpowering? Do you recoil from the smell of cigarette smoke Continue reading