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.

How Family Meetings Help Children With Their Worries

We recently introduced a weekly family meeting. It’s a chance for the five of us to sit together undisturbed and talk about the week we have just had, and about the week coming up. Within just a few weeks, we … Continue reading

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The Top 10 Happy Sensitive Kids Community Reads

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 … Continue reading

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Why Highly Sensitive Children Struggle with Summer Break & How to Help Them

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. … Continue reading

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5 Awesome Ways to Use Essential Oils in Your Home

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 … Continue reading

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8 Reasons to Create a Herb Garden with Your Children

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 … Continue reading

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How Highly Sensitive People Can Use Essential Oils: Start Your Own ‘Go Natural’ Journey

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 … Continue reading

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7 Tips To Help You Advocate for Your Highly Sensitive Child

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 … Continue reading

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