Please Don’t Seat My Highly Sensitive Child Next to a Noisy Child

Distracted by the slightest noise and movement, because every sound and movement is magnified for a highly sensitive child (HSC), my children often need as much quiet around them in the classroom as possible. So seating them next to a noisy kid in class really doesn’t help them.

Please Don't Seat My Highly Sensitive Kid Next to a Noisy KidDifficult Discussions About Class Seating

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Some Days More Mother Than Others

It’s already the middle of January and this is the first post of 2018 – apologies for the serious slacking on my part. It’s been that way for a few months now and there’s a good reason: I’m a mother.

One thing I have learnt (the hard way) as the years have gone by is that no matter how much I love writing, my blogs and helping others with their highly sensitive children (HSC) my role as mother to my three HSCs comes first. And it’s a rollercoaster – some times I am needed more than other times.

And for the last few months they have needed me more than usual.

Some Days More Mother Than Others

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Top 3 Posts of 2017 on Happy Sensitive Kids

Just like last year here’s a round up of the top read posts of the year.

Top 3 Blog Post 2017 - Happy Sensitive KidsWith no further ado the third most read post this year is this one: How Do You Know When It’s Time to Change Schools?

At number two in the popularity list this year is 8 Ways to Help A Highly Sensitive Child With Their Emotions

And drumroll please…… the most visited post this year was 7 Tips to Help a Highly Sensitive Child Flourish in School

There’s a clear continuing pattern of our highly sensitive children needing help in school and two of these posts made the top three last year too!

On that note, I wish you all a happy new year – in 2018 keep reminding yourselves that YOU know your happy sensitive child better than anyone around you and have the courage to keep those nagging critics and doubts at bay!

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The Happy Sensitive Kids Ultimate Gift Guide

It’s that time of year! It’s a great time to buy gifts for the highly sensitives in our lives that actually help them. The ultimate Happy Sensitive Kids’ gift guide is divided up into sections to help you narrow down that perfect present for your child.

  • Gifts to Help with Sleeping and Relaxation
  • Gifts to Help with Emotions
  • Gifts to Help Empty Their Buckets
  • Gifts to Wear
  • Gifts to Declutter
  • Gifts to Read
  • Dutch Language Gifts

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25 Things to Share With Your Highly Sensitive Child’s Teacher

A common question asked in the Happy Sensitive Kids community is exactly what to share with a teacher about a highly sensitive child. Parents are worried about slapping labels on their child’s heads, or being THAT parent. At the end of the day you have to be the best advocate you can be for your child, particularly young children who can’t explain their emotions or speak up for themselves.

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Remember that teachers are not mind readers and, in general, are open to your guidance when it comes to getting the best out of your child.

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Born Sensitive 

One issue parents of highly sensitive children often face is the family member or friend who insists that we have made our children sensitive or “fussy”. Such accusations (because let’s face it these kind of things are never said in a positive congratulatory tone) make us doubt ourselves and our parenting skills. But they shouldn’t. Some of us are born highly sensitive. It’s innate. We are not made sensitive by our environment.

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Highly Sensitives Hate Change. Right?

Highly sensitive children like structure and find comfort in the familiar. They operate best when they are in an environment they know and with people they are accustomed to being with. So what happens when you pull them out of their trusted environment? Like a change of school? Or a house move? Highly sensitive children would fall apart right?

Highly Sensitives Hate Change. Right?

Not necessarily.

Speaking from personal experience.

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