I was approached towards the end of last year by Henk-Jan van der Veen from the LiHSK (Landelijk informatiepunt Hoog Sensitieve Kinderen – which is the Dutch National Information Point Highly Sensitive Children). Henk-Jan wanted to interview me after reading a blog post I had written called Dear Teacher, Sometimes You Need to Believe Without Seeing which was a call to teachers to understand that what they see in the classroom is not always the full picture.
I readily agreed to an interview and we talked about my experience and struggles in the Dutch education system so far with a highly sensitive son. We also talked about the differences between Britain and the Netherlands.
I was delighted to see this week the results of this interview when a copy of HSK XL landed on my doormat. To say I am proud of the interview write up, and the amazing job the LiHSK has made of translating my original blog post, is an understatement.
(On top of that there is an article about in the magazine about gym lessons and the highly sensitive child – a light bulb has gone off and I suddenly understand my four year old’s reluctance to go to school on some of the days he has gym class……. I love it when that ‘aha’ moment strikes!)
It took me a while to make the leap and create this blog, a blog that concentrates solely on highly sensitive matters, rather than squeezing posts in that didn’t really fit on my expat blog and I’m glad I made that move. Highly sensitive children is a topic that is close to my heart, one I’m passionate about, that I’m determined to spread the word about – and wonderful articles like this one certainly spur me on!
If you speak Dutch you can get a copy of the latest HSK XL magazine here and the LiHSk is a wealth of resources.