Author Archives: Amanda van Mulligen

About Amanda van Mulligen

Mother, writer, author, blogger. Born British, Living Dutch. I have three Dutch sons and a Dutch husband and I blog about Turning Dutch and raising highly sensitive children.

5 Ways to Get Boys Reading

Books are great bucket emptiers for highly sensitive children. Reading is a powerful way for time in with your children. Books are also a compelling way for a child to get time alone to recharge at the end of a … Continue reading

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What Has Parenting a Highly Sensitive Child Taught You About Yourself?

When you become a parent you learn a lot about yourself. Through your child you get to know yourself better. In my case, becoming the parent of a beautifully highly sensitive child (HSC) taught me that I am a highly … Continue reading

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Where Are All the Male Teachers and Why it Matters

My sons’ primary school teacher is retiring right around now. She’s been teaching for more years than she can remember and she has certainly earned her teaching stripes. It’s time to pass the baton on to a new teacher. My … Continue reading

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A Message For Our Highly Sensitive Boys

Highly sensitive boys don’t match up to male stereotypes. Society’s expectations are causing our boys serious mental health problems. And it needs to stop. What if we teach our sons instead that there is no right way to be a … Continue reading

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Why Journaling is So Good for You

It’s no secret I am a journaling advocate. Search through Happy Sensitive Kids and you’ll find more articles about the power of journaling. It’s not just a good tool for adults, but a fantastic bucket emptying tool for children too. … Continue reading

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I’m a Boy Mama – And That’s More Than Fine

If you are the parent of sons exclusively or parenting solely daughters then you have probably been asked if you will be trying again for a daughter/son. I am the mother of three sons and I have certainly been asked … Continue reading

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Be the Master of Your Own Boundaries: For The Sake of Your Health

Everyone needs boundaries. We all need to protect our boundaries. When you are highly sensitive this is even more important to prevent overwhelm or much worse. As highly sensitives we are prone to looking out more for other people than … Continue reading

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