|Nurturing Our Spirited Children|
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I frequently receive emails from parents who, just like all of us, are sorting out complicated situations within their families. Many of their stories will resonate with you as much as they do with me.
As you read through them, you'll notice some common patterns emerging. It's because of these patterns that I decided to share some of them with you. All personal identification has been removed and the wording changed as needed to remain grammatically correct, but otherwise, they remain true to the original email exchange.
Our children are intense and that intensity affects their (and our) lives in a myriad of ways. If we take the time to work with them to turn their intensity into a strong positive influence in their lives, many of the other challenging behaviors will melt away leaving us with a much clearer (and more accurate) picture of what they're truly facing.
Our children often struggle finding their way in traditional settings. It's up to us, as their advocates, to become as informed as we can about their temperament, learning styles, etc... so that we can most effectively and successfully advocate on their behalf. It's also up to us to know when it's time to say "enough!" and remove them from a poor-fitting situation.
Having the strength & courage to say "I believe in myself, my decisions, and my expert opinions when it comes to the welfare and happiness of my child!" is one of the strongest ways we can follow our heart and gut (or intuition). If something doesn't feel right, or is of a questionable 'fit', investigate, ask questions and keep searching for a better solution. You'll find it.
I wish you all the best of luck on your own journeys and encourage you to email me if you have any questions.
1. Social Connectedness and Functioning Within a Group
2. Verbal Abuse by Preschool Teacher
3. Looking for a Play Group & Non-Physical Means of Discipline
4. Choosing a Daycare and Making the Transition
5. Specialist to Deal With Difficult or Spirited Teenager
6. Kindergarten Challenges, Food Sensitivities & Psychologists
7. Intensity and Sensitivities
8. Pregnant & Hoping It's Not Another Spirited Child
9. Message Board & Chat