Parenting a strong-willed, sensitive child is challenging. We want to preserve their spirit while effectively parenting them. Find tangible tips here.
My little girl is undoubtedly all of what I could have dreamt up in a child and more. A dynamic, inquisitive, strong-willed, sensitive child, she is anything but placid. In her preschool classroom, she is the one spouting off answers, flitting from centre to centre, and consoling the kids who cry or are upset.
This week, she received a report card home from preschool. In it, she was acclaimed for her ability to identify her emotions. While this is something I’m incredibly proud of, at home, she is hardly the epitome of poise and articulation. My son is almost always in her personal space wanting to be involved with that she is doing. All too often, hitting, screaming, fighting, and whining are the soundtrack in our household. As such, a lot of my efforts go into parenting through big emotions.
On top of my sweet girl’s big emotions, she also is a headstrong little girl. Parenting both her and her little brother is no cakewalk. And I’m far from the perfect parent. Life, sleeplessness, and coaching both of my kids through their crying can play a role in me cutting corners. I wish my perspective would start out right and then I could hit parenting cruise control. But such is not life.
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Recently, I noticed the dynamic between my two kids was in need of a reset, BIG TIME. And so I’ve had to really tap into my best strategies for parenting a strong-willed, sensitive child. Below is an infographic I created for another post, but the strategies definitely translate into dealing with strong-willed, sensitive children.
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