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As a parent you find yourself conflicted by how mesmerised you can be by your amazing, perceptive, and compassionate, child, and yet how equally bamboozled and frustrated you can feel. They’re just so sensitive and it seems that things can turn on a penny – one minute everyone’s having fun, the next, total, confusing meltdown.
- Does your child think about, care about and feel things very deeply?
- Are they more easily overwhelmed by crowds, noises, new situations, sudden changes or the emotional distress of others?
- Do they show high levels of compassion for others?
- Do they complain about seams in socks, labels in their clothes, scratchy fabrics.
- Do they react more extremely to pain, loud noises or strong smells than other children seem to?
If this sounds like your child they could be one of the 20% of the normal population who have the trait of High Sensitivity. Go to Is this Your Child to find out more.
As a carer of a Highly Sensitive Child (HSC) it can sometimes be tricky to understand them. You may feel confused and at times frustrated about how best to support them when the world just seems to work against them and the things in books, on-line and that your friends tell you work a treat just don’t work for your child.
Research shows that HSCs are particularly affected by their environment compared to other children, and that with the right nurturing they grow up to be well grounded and strong, resilient adults. They also tend to to fare worse when they don’t get what they need, and as adults can be more prone to suffering from mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
It is therefore vital that anyone involved in raising HSCs, be it parents, carers or teachers, understand the trait and what it means in order that they can create the right environment for the HSC to thrive.
Having made the discovery about Highly Sensitive Children for ourselves and our own children and, having learned loads along the way, we’d love to share our knowledge and experience to help you and your HSC.