Years before I had children, I never thought I wanted them. But the day I had my first, I couldn’t imagine my life without him. My children have made me who I am today. They are my heart, they are my soul, they are the air that I breathe. They are my everything.
My eldest is a Highly Sensitive Child. My husband and I didn’t always know that. We knew he stood out in every group he was a part of, in ways that were both good and not so good , and although we knew how amazing he was, not everyone could see it. He is often misunderstood by family members, other children, and his teachers. We finally put our finger on what this was when I discovered Elaine Aron and her book, The Highly Sensitive Child. After having read the book, it all started to make sense. I started to speak with other parents of Highly Sensitive Children, and it was like hearing our story over and over again.
After four years filled with challenges, worry and also lots and lots of joy, I am now confident that I know my child better than anyone else does. I know why my son acts the way he does in certain situations. I know what causes him to be anxious. I know what he enjoys, I know that he reasons like an older child, I know that he loves deeply. I look at him in awe and admiration. He has made me a better person. He is my inspiration.
I started this blog in hopes of being able to reach not only other parents of Highly Sensitive Children, but also teachers, caregivers, and anyone who knows a Highly Sensitive Child. This topic is still unknown to many, making it especially difficult on our Highly Sensitive Children to fight their way through life while being completely misunderstood. It is our responsibility to help bring to light the fact that these children are not just normal. They are extraordinary!
In my efforts to help inspire sensitive little ones out there (including my own), I wrote and published a picture book, All Too Much for Oliver, with the help of other mothers of highly sensitive children. Please check out our website for more information on the book, and our work.
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