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.

The Highly Sensitive Child Test: The Earlier the Better

Do teachers tell you there’s something about your child’s behaviour they can’t quite put their finger on? Has there been a suggestion to get your child tested for autism, or ADD or ADHD but that path doesn’t quite feel right … Continue reading

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Warning: Parenting Can Seriously Damage Your Marriage

When you become a parent it’s no secret that life changes. However, your marriage does too. But with forewarning and hard work you can keep your marriage happy and healthy. Two Becomes Three Becoming a parent is an amazing life … Continue reading

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5 Survival Tips for the Highly Sensitive Parent

Parenting is a tough but rewarding job. If you are highly sensitive then it makes sense to take extra care to look after yourself so you don’t end up frazzled and incapable of giving your children what they need. Here … Continue reading

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5 Ways A Teacher Can Make or Break School for a Highly Sensitive Child

School is, and will probably always remain, a source of discussion and worry for parents of highly sensitive children (HSC). School is overwhelming for most HSCs and presents HSCs and their parents with a host of problems to deal with. … Continue reading

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Bucket Boxes – Help Your Highly Sensitive Child Empty Their Bucket

Each of my sons has a bucket box in their bedroom full of items they can use when they need quiet time to reset, or recharge. It’s a simple tool they can instantly access. A Highly Sensitive Child’s Bucket Fills … Continue reading

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Highly Sensitives and the Power of Smell

Although Aron states that highly sensitive people (HSP) are not shown to have heightened senses in general a HSP usually has one sense that is extra tuned in and sharp. For some this is smell. Some notice every smell around … Continue reading

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Take Good Care of Yourself Too Mama

Mother. Wife. Professional career woman. Keeper of all house related activities. Agenda organiser. School liaison officer. Taxi service. Entertainer of little people. Chef. Cleaner. Toilet scrubber. Financial planner. Event planner. Homework supervisor. Comforter. When it is time to just be … Continue reading

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Highly Sensitive Children at the Playground

Playgrounds through the eyes of a highly sensitive child are busy places, full of noise, activity and even danger. If your HSC is cautious or hangs around on the outskirts at the playground, then they are certainly not alone. Here’s … Continue reading

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Time to Stress v Preparation Time: When to Tell a Highly Sensitive Children

My youngest sat in tears as I told him he had a swimming lesson that evening, one to replace a regular lesson he’d missed one Saturday to celebrate his brother’s birthday. I didn’t give him days of warning this time … Continue reading

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Nature is the Best Remedy for Busy

When life is busy, particularly as the end of the school year approaches, highly sensitive people often feel overwhelmed. Self care is even more important at these times. Helping our children empty their buckets is vital. Getting out for a … Continue reading

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