How to Shake the "Something's WRONG" with my kid TRAP

 
When you fear time with your kid because you're walking on eggshells, avoiding daily meltdowns, shut downs or refusals, and your child or teen's BIG behaviors lead to you experiencing another symptom of the meltdown cycle: dread-- it's easy to jump into "diagnosing" the problem.
 
The problem with that is the 2 "labels" you actually need to break down the dread of your child's BIG emotions and BIG behaviors aren't ones that tell you or your child that they're broken, need to be "fixed" or set them up for negative stereotypes as they age.
 
The majority of sensitive kids and teens don't actually need a diagnosis or a label.
 
They fare MUCH better in childhood and adulthood when parents focus on these two factors in eliminating the daily meltdown or shut down cycle.
 
Join me as I cover what you should prioritize.
 
Book your call when you're ready to break out of the cycle with a proven plan & support system.
 
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Why Your Sensitive Kid Can't Handle Change.... and What to do About It

 

When your child freezes, freaks out or stalls when their routine or expectations aren’t met, it can go from 0-100 quickly.

Contrary to what you might believe, teaching your child to handle these surprising situations IN THE MOMENT perpetuates the problem.

Believe it or not, it’s not an effective strategy (for longterm change).

Tune in to learn how to break the cycle of your child’s intense reactions to change (using proven, research-backed methods)...

And to learn how your well-intentioned coping skills you're trying to teach your kid...are actually setting him up for more emotional struggle.

 

Book your call with our team if you’re tired of tip-toeing around your child or teen and want to build resilience for your sensitive child without making them ‘suck it up’ or coaching them to breathe into a paper bag for every little thing.

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3 main reasons why sensitive kids and teens aren’t sleeping

 

Contrary to what you may think... 

Your HSC's sleep issues are NOT just about vitamins, screens or diet.

As much as you try to limit screen time, sugar or food dyes...many of you are also hesitant to use a pill to support your child in falling asleep.

At any age, parents need to be aware of their sensitive child or teen’s emotional problems that may be the root of their sleep issues.

Altering diet, adding vitamins/medications and other ‘quick fix’ approaches are really just masking deeper causes...that require long term commitments.

Look, I get it, I avoid certain foods too.

Sunshine is good for the body, to process proper hormones to support sleep onset. That’s just it, however: ‘support.’

Because when you avoid helping your child learn how to process anxiety-provoking topics like the school day, friendships, and family relationships...

Then all the ‘tricks’ in the world aren’t going to help your sensitive kid settle...

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4 Reasons Punishments Aren't Really Working for Your HSC

Uncategorized Apr 10, 2021
 

I’m declaring WAR on time-outs, removing tablets, sticker charts...

But not on YOU as a parent if that’s what you’ve used to TRY to figure out how to help your child. 

There’s a big difference between feeling trapped in trying to help your kid manage their big emotions, and get your outcomes…

...and just plain not caring about whether your child feels feelings when they can’t get what they want, treat them like a dog on a choke collar, and justify it.

I KNOW that’s not you.

I KNOW you love your child.

I KNOW you’ve tried all the things. 

That’s WHY YOU’RE HERE.

So, let’s talk about why the “tricks” “strategies” “tactics” and “tools” aren’t working.

But let’s leave the blame game out of it.

Because if you truly didn’t want what is best for your kid, and you truly didn’t give a damn...

You wouldn’t be here.

You’d be commenting...

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How to handle an HSC that can't play fairly...

Uncategorized Apr 02, 2021
 
When it's family night and you're secretly hoping no one gets their feelings hurt...only to have your HSC throw the game pieces across the room...you may feel like pulling your hair out.
 
HSC’s see red when they cannot think skillfully. Sadly, this isn’t something they just “outgrow”.
 
To correct this pattern, you need to teach your child to playfully communicate their emotions.
 
You need to help her manage her big emotions around winning, losing, and compromise… and that’s a bigger, much deeper skillset, than just doing away with competitive games or only playing collaborative games to avoid another “sore loser” upset.
 
Tune in as I discuss more deeply what works and what doesn’t when teaching your HSC about fairness and playing “nicely”.
 
To learn how to stop the meltdown cycle by addressing the root causes, talk to our team at megghanthompsoncoaching.com/talk
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The Juggling Act

highly sensitive child Mar 11, 2021
 

“It’s ok to be sad”... until it’s not…

The juggling act you play with your HSC when their sad feelings move swiftly to anger…
(towards you, a sibling, your spouse, a grandparent, the list goes on!) has you feeling completely worn out.

Trying to be all things to all humans in the household, AND prioritize your HSC’s safety decisions is impossible.

You have limits.

You have boundaries.

And when you act as if you have to handle everything at once, and be the container for both of your kid’s feelings, and that of your spouses, and that of any other observers, you can end up frying yourself.

So what do you do?

There are 3 main skills as a parent of a Highly Sensitive Child that you need to acquire in order to eliminate the meltdown cycle.

Join me as we discuss what these are…

If you’re ready to fast track this for your family and truly know you’re solving the problem, then I encourage you to book a call with our team to...

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When you feel like giving up...

highly sensitive child Mar 05, 2021
 

You’re at your wit’s end. You’re emotionally exhausted from tip toeing around your child...DAILY.

You’re a shell of a person...and probably feel like a failure as a parent.  Are you and your child destined for this forever?  Will it EVER get better? 

The idea of 5 or 10 more years of this feels paralyzing. Will it get worse? 

You’re not sure what feels more terrifying:  a future plagued with meltdowns (and worsening behavior)...or the fact that deep down, you feel like giving up on your child. 

Ugh. The ultimate “stuck between a rock and a hard place”.  

Fear not. You’re just missing 3 key decisions that can turn this around fast.  Watch this video to learn what these are and how these can take you from emotionally exhausted to empowered, so you can truly help your kid help themselves. 

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Myth Busting: Irritability is NOT part of the Highly Sensitive Trait!

 
I just got off the phone with two parents who explained their child’s behavior as
‘always on’…
 
…what I heard was that their child is like an electric eel.
 
Ready to shine her light beautifully, light up the room, but unfortunately, also ready to zap anyone who got in the way of her objective.
 
The hardest part of parenting a child like this, who is sensitive but smolders it with her FIERY passion, is the labels that come with being “that kid.”
 
Let’s dive in to learning how “irritability” is actually a sign of a lack of skill, and is not an innate quality of the Highly Sensitive personality trait.
 
Because once you know more about that, you’ll learn how to see that your child needs to learn more than you think they do at this age to break out of this pattern.
 
When you’re ready to bust through the meltdown cycle and help your child live their happiest life,...
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Getting clear on your child's emotions...

Uncategorized Feb 12, 2021

I just got off the phone with a parent who was angry after I asked him to express how his child’s emotions are affecting him.  

It was heartbreaking. 

Not because he was angry with the conversation, but because he did not understand how getting clear on his emotions were the key to unlocking the pain of his child’s meltdowns.

The myth that you can help your child just by focusing on the goal (better communication, no meltdowns, change motivation to complete homework, etc.) is one society teaches you a lot.  

When we acknowledge our own understanding of our child’s meltdowns, and get clear on what we believe to be the true cause, we can shift our perspective.

You are riddled with advice on what to do to fix your problems parenting your HSC. It’s all over the internet. Pinterest posters about emotions; lesson plans on social skills; emotional growth mindset workbooks, free printable from mommy bloggers who want to help you connect with your...

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Feeling Disconnected with your Spouse About What’s Driving the Meltdowns?

Uncategorized Feb 11, 2021

Two parents, two different plans, two different perspectives about parenting your HSC…  I hear from parents all the time that they disagree on how to parent their Highly Sensitive Child. 

This makes the problem worse because Highly Sensitive Children, as all children do, thrive on consistency. The bigger problem is when both parents differ, but only one parent sees there’s a problem that needs to be solved. 

When we take a closer look at why this is, we have to notice a big difference between the parents who succeed at solving this problem and the parents who stay stuck. 

Now, I have to caveat this— both parents, when they’re ready to fix this, KNOW it needs to be fixed, but often disagree on the how, this isn’t a problem that leads to feeling stuck— those parents often take action to solve the problem and know following a proven system allows them to do so without the headache and missed opportunities it costs to figure this...

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