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.

Yoga is for Boys Too

Yoga is a great bucket emptier. Not just for adults, but for kids too. And that applies to boys as much as girls. Matt Haig, author of Reasons to Stay Alive (UK link here), Notes on a Nervous Planet (UK link here) … Continue reading

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Presence Not Presents: Connecting as a Family in December

December is hectic. But it can also be about connecting as a family. The festive period can also be a time to create focus and plenty of bucket emptying moments! Head over to The Good Men Project to read my … Continue reading

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Is My Son Highly Sensitive?

Fifteen to twenty percent of the population is highly sensitive. It’s not an illness or disorder. As many boys as girls are highly sensitive. As many men as women are highly sensitive.

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The 4 Difficulties of Raising Highly Gifted Children

Raising highly gifted children brings its own set of challenges. Being gifted is not just about being smart and quick to pick things up – it’s an intellectual, behavioural and emotional package.

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Round Hole, Square Peg: The impact of society’s expectations on highly sensitive boys

Most highly sensitive boys find themselves feeling like a square peg in a round hole at some point in their lives. Discuss. That’s the premise of a post (“Round Hole, Square Peg: The impact of society’s expectations on highly sensitive … Continue reading

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Living With Depression

Living with depression isn’t something anyone asks for. Living with depression means you that the best thought out plans go to pot. It’s living day by day. And as a highly sensitive person supporting someone with depression it probably means … Continue reading

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8 Ways to Survive the Holiday Season When You’re Highly Sensitive

December is for many a busy month full of preparations and commitments. Though the holiday season is full of fun and family, it can also be incredibly overwhelming, especially if you are a highly sensitive person. How can you get … Continue reading

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21 Essential Resources for Highly Sensitives

That light bulb moment when you realise you are or your child is (or both) highly sensitive is just the first step on the journey to understanding yourself or your child. Once you know that highly sensitive characteristics are at … Continue reading

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How to Recognise the Symptoms of Depression and Where to Get Help

Depression impacts the lives of millions of people around the world. It is not just those suffering from depression that live with it, but family and friends too. Recognising depression and seeking professional help is the first step to being … Continue reading

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5 People You Will Hate as the Parent of a Highly Sensitive Child

Parenting a highly sensitive child (HSC) brings its own set of challenges. There will be people on your side who make life a little easier; there will also be people you meet along this parenting journey that make your blood … Continue reading

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