Lessons from a Highly Sensitive Mother: Empty Your Bucket

Leila of Sensitive and Extraordinary Kids asked me to write a guest post for her wonderful blog a few months back and the post I wrote is one I think of often. It’s a post that reminds me to take my own needs as a mother seriously, even though that’s not always easy.

If you're a HSP and a parent, you'll need to regularly empty your bucket

If you’re a HSP and a parent, you’ll need to regularly empty your bucket

By the time my eldest son was three we knew he was highly sensitive. In learning about my son’s traits, I learnt about myself. I learnt that I too am highly sensitive and suddenly the emotions I had felt when I was launched into motherhood all made sense.

Unfortunately, at the time, nearly eight years ago, when I first became a mother, I had never heard of highly sensitive, and it simply felt like maybe I wasn’t cut out for motherhood.

“When my first son was born he cried a lot. Every evening around six o’clock for four or five hours, unless he was being held in exactly the right position. You could set your watch by it. And he wasn’t exactly a quiet baby during the day either.”

Head over to Sensitive and Extraordinary Kids to read the whole post – and know that if you are a highly sensitive mother wondering how to cope you are certainly NOT alone. If you could use a listening ear, head over to the Happy Sensitive Kids Facebook group (closed group) and share your story.
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About Amanda van Mulligen

Mother, writer, author, blogger. I was born in Britain but live in the Netherlands. I have three Dutch sons and a Dutch husband and I blog about Turning Dutch and raising highly sensitive children.
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6 Responses to Lessons from a Highly Sensitive Mother: Empty Your Bucket

  1. This is still one of the best things I have ever read on the topic, and I still think of it every day! Thank you for such a wonderful piece!

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