Parenting a highly sensitive child (HSC)
it definitely takes more...
skill, patience and energy to parent a child who is sensitive. Especially one who is intense and strong-willed.
I often hear parents say "how do I nurture their spirit, without damaging it?"
To tell you the truth, it's an ever-evolving process that takes conscious effort.
You're definitely not alone in wanting to find a better way to support your child or simply talk to parents who can relate. We all know that the typical advice and books just don't cut it.
With some small doable change, it is possible to decrease the intensity and frequency of struggles, so that life at home is a little less chaotic and a little more calm.
I dream of having a space for parents where they:
- Learn what it means to be sensitive and how to decipher what is typical behaviour or an actual sensory processing issue.
- Explore what is required of you as a parent, sensitive or not
- Gain insight about the journey of raising a secure and functional HSC
- Identify where you are at as a family and small doable change
*Communication strategies, emotional regulation and tapping into your intuition may be infused in the conversation.
Location: The Chi Junky Studio, 70 McGee St in Leslieville AND/OR video call
When: Monthly group will start up again the end of September. 1.5-2 hours.
*Join the waitlist to be notified of further details.
- every child is unique.
- we, including our kids, are doing our best.
- our children are humbling. they are also our spiritual teachers.
A little about me.
When I discovered that sensitivity is a temperament trait, it explained a lot! It helped me accept who I am and shift the pattern of being hard on myself for being "too sensitive" or "emotional" like I worried about as a child.
Our sensitive children, from a young age, can start to believe that something is wrong with them, when there really isn't— they may perceive it that way. And so knowing this as adults, we can empower them to use their sensitivity as an advantage rather than a source of anxiety.
Can you imagine if all parents, teachers and caregivers knew about this? #knowledgeispower
Now, I have an opportunity to not only educate and guide my own two daughters, but the parents and children I work with.
In addition to being a registered occupational therapist, I’ve completed Dr. Elaine Aron’s program on Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person and am listed on her site as one of two therapists in Ontario.
This gathering is just the tip of the iceberg!
During this time, you will expand your understanding of high sensitivity, alleviate the feeling that something is wrong with your child and leave equipped with some practical strategies to apply at home.
More than anything, a big part of this experience will be hearing other parents' experiences and stories— which helps make the journey a little easier when you have people to share it with.
If you haven't yet, take this test to see if your child is highly sensitive.
Do you have questions? Let me know.