Our Caroline is a highly-sensitive and spirited child. Anyone who thinks those labels are imaginary probably does not have a child like this. Some children simply interact with the world differently. Once you begin to read the explanations of others, it is like the light comes flooding in because it all finally makes sense!
Highly-sensitive and spirited are not the same thing. But I have grouped them together here because I suspect there is often much overlap.
There is very little out there that is helpful for understanding how to raise, nurture and discipline a children like this. In fact, much of the advice given (especially in Christian circles) is actually counterproductive, sometimes in the extreme. I’m thankful that I listened to my God-given instinct and did what I thought was right for my child, even when it went against the standard parenting advice.
I’ll continue to add resources here as I find them. I will also be writing about my own experiences in parenting a child who is blessed in these ways so please subscribe to my site and stop by often. I also welcome any link or book suggestions that others would recommend!
Please note: The inclusion of a book, article, author, or link is not an endorsement of all its content or the content of the site on which it is found.
Highly Sensitive Child Books
The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When The World Overwhelms ThemThe Strong, Sensitive BoyUnderstanding the Highly Sensitive Child: Seeing an Overwhelming World through Their EyesParenting the Highly Sensitive Child: A Guide for Parents & Caregivers of ADHD, Indigo and Highly Sensitive ChildrenThe Highly Intuitive Child: A Guide to Understanding and Parenting Unusually Sensitive and Empathic ChildrenAll Too Much for OliverHow to Grow a Visionary: The Highly Sensitive Child: A Practical Every Day Survival Guide
My Posts Related to Highly Sensitive Children
The Reality of Holiday Overwhelm for Highly Sensitive ChildrenWhen Attending Church is Painful – Highly Sensitive Children and AdultsWhy I Don’t Micromanage My Picky Eater6 Reasons Why We Changed Our Mind and Stopped SpankingListening to What Your Child is Really SayingHow To Talk With Your Daughter About Puberty100 Wholesome Books for Girls and TweensHighly Sensitive Children, Shy Children, and Spanking
Highly Sensitive Child Articles
The Highly Sensitive Child from Sensitivity-HSP
The Highly Sensitive Child from Family Education
The Highly Sensitive Child: Parenting Strategies from Family Education
The Highly Sensitive Child from The Highly Sensitive Person
Raising a Sensitive Child from Education.com
Stubborn Preschoolers from Berkeley Parenting Networks
Spirited Child Books
Raising Your Spirited Child, Third Edition: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and EnergeticRaising Your Spirited Child WorkbookTaming the Spirited Child: Strategies for Parenting Challenging Children Without Breaking Their Spirits
My Posts About Spirited Children
Getting Spirited Children to Sleep and Related ChallengesRaising a Spirited Child and Feeling Like a Bad MotherRaising and Embracing Your Spirited ChildIdentifying and Understanding the Red Zone with Your Spirited ChildHomeschool Curriculum for a Right-brained, Spirited ChildTeaching Our Spirited, Active Child to Read
Spirited Child Articles
The Spirited Child from The Fussy Baby Site
Spirited Child Handout (PDF)
How to Handle Your Spirited Toddler from Baby Center
Parenting a Spirited Child from Prenatal to Parenting
Raising Your Spirited Child from ivillage.com
Nurturing Our Spirited Children from Nurturing Our Families
Thriving With Your Spirited Child from University of Wisconsin Extension
Support for Raising Spirited Babies from Baby Whisperer Forum (There are many threads on this topic. You will not feel so alone after you read some of them!)
HELP – How to Enjoy a “Spirited” Baby from Baby Whisperer Forum
How do you feel about the term “free-spirited child”?? from Mothering.com
Spirited Children on BabyCenter.com
You may also find my Raising a High Need Infant, Baby, Toddler and Child page helpful!