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Old 04-09-2013, 09:44 AM - Thread Starter
 
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There are eight characteristics of Temperament that range on a continuum from Easy Going (40% of all children) to High Need/Spirited (15% of all children) with Slow-to-Warm in the middle (30% of all children).

Each week, we will explore the benefits and challenges of each one. Sometimes we need to see that not always is the grass greener on the other side. Of my five children, two are moderately spirited, one is easy-going, one is extremely spirited (my last one) and one is slow-to-warm. This is a eye-opening exercise that we do in classes and thought it would be great to get a wider range of opinions. Please contribute what you see/observe in your children. Thank you from Judy

 

Sensitivity - Your child's reaction to sights, stimulation, smells, fabrics, textures, noise, "feeling" from people, etc.

 

What do you experience as challenges in parenting a highly sensitive (Spirited) child?

 

What do you see as benefits in parenting a highly sensitive  (Spirited) child?

 

What do you see as challenges in parenting a low sensitive  (Easy-going) child?

 

What do you see as benefits in parenting a  low sensitive  (Easy-going) child?


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Old 05-13-2013, 10:03 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Sorry this took so long!  Life has been busy.

Here are the responses from parents in my groups:

 

Sensitivity - Your child's reaction to sights, stimulation, smells, fabrics, textures, noise, "feeling" from people, etc.

 

What do you experience as challenges in parenting a highly sensitive (Spirited) child?

 

Feelings are easily hurt.  Child complains a lot and has quite a few tantrums.  My child is bothered by noise, fabrics, textures and smells.  Busy places and people overwhelm my child and he is very affected by stress.

 

What do you see as benefits in parenting a highly sensitive  (Spirited) child?

 

My child is very empathetic and able to "read" the emotional climate of people.  She is very aware of other's feelings and positions and also quite perceptive about human behaviour.  She is compassionate and helps people in unfortunate circumstances.

 

What do you see as challenges in parenting a low sensitive  (Easy-going) child?

 

My child is often perceived as being "unfeeling."  She often misses other people's feelings and emotions.

 

What do you see as benefits in parenting a  low sensitive  (Easy-going) child?

 

My child is easygoing, flexible and thinks quite independently.  She adapts very quickly to new things and tends to have very black/white thinking.  He is not very emotionally affected by outside influences.


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