What Your sensitive Child Learns On Screens

Today we discuss the lessons our kids learn about body image. 

Screen time requires consistent conversations with our sensitive kids. 

I share my experience on today’s show. 

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Talk soon,
Megghan

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How to Help When Your Sensitive Child Is Anxious

 

You know that feeling when you're trying to get a good night's sleep, but there's a tiny feather in your bed which keeps poking you?

 

It's irritating, isn't it?

 

You most likely toss and turn, adjust and re-adjust, until you finally find a comfortable position.

 

You might be wondering, what does a pesky feather have to do with parenting a highly sensitive or neurodivergent child?

 

Well, think of the world as that bed, and your child as the person trying to sleep in it.

 

Just as the feather is barely noticeable to a regular sleeper, everyday stimuli can be overwhelming for highly sensitive children.

 

They are tuned into the world at a different frequency.

 

Noises might seem louder, lights brighter, smells stronger, and emotions more intense.

 

It's like they're living in high-definition while the rest of us are in standard definition.

 

But here's the thing.

 

This isn't a bad thing.

 

In fact, it's a gift.

 

Think...

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Discover the Science of Highly Sensitive Children

Hey there,

 

I was recently interviewed by Miriam Fernández, Co-founderb& Co-director

Nirakara Mindfulness Institute, located in Spain. 

 

I had a lot of fun exploring The Science of Highly Sensitive Children ("La ciencia de los niños altamente sensibles").

 

We shed light on the history behind the study of sensitivity and provide valuable insights on how to support and nurture these extraordinary children.

 

Please note that while the interview is spoken in English, the video has been transcribed in Spanish, ensuring that language will not be a barrier to accessing this valuable information.

 

I encourage you to watch!

 

"La ciencia de los niños altamente sensibles"

 

Thank you for being a part of our community!

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Sensitive Kids With Test Anxiety

 

Let's be honest for a moment, shall we?

As a parent, you dream of your child’s success, their happiness, and a future filled with endless possibilities.

Yet, if your kid is struggling with test anxiety, I bet you wonder how long it will take to get your kid to stop putting so much pressure on themselves.

The knot in your stomach as you watch your child crumble under the weight of their worries, 

their confidence shattered, 

their potential obscured by the dark clouds of doubt doesn’t help, does it?

It's a heart-wrenching scene that plays out time and time again, test after test, meltdown after meltdown. 

And with each episode, I know you can't help but wonder, "Am I failing as a parent? Is there something more I could be doing?"

The truth is, you're not alone, and I know you didn’t force this pressure on your kid. 

If your child is sensitive, rest assured that countless families just like yours are grappling with this very same challenge…...

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Is Time-out Effective For Sensitive Kids?

Have you ever stopped to consider why time-outs might be ineffective?

 

I get that your kid’s pediatrician, therapist or school counselor probably recommended this tactic, or maybe you remember it “working” for you as a kid… 

 

But let’s face it– time-outs just don’t work for your sensitive kid. 

 

Why?

 

Because it is an outdated practice that is simply not based in brain science AT ALL.

 

With all the noise out there on parenting, I totally get that you may have felt like you can rely on a basic old school tactic that wasn’t as harmful as spanking.. 

 

And, time-outs expect a level of self-control that isn’t effective. 

 

You can absolutely improve your child’s capacity for self-control, don’t get me wrong.

 

However, the use of time-outs assume that your child already has the self-control skill that they clearly don’t… otherwise, why would...

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Happily Homeschooling Littles

 

Picture yourself in a busy classroom surrounded by 24 other children. 

 

The teacher just finished an engaging Science lesson, but you found yourself missing out on half of it due to the constant distraction of your neighbor's hushed whispers.

 

This scenario represents just a glimpse into the daily experiences of highly sensitive children in the school environment.

 

Sensitive kids can have many challenges in the school setting, making you wonder if homeschooling is worth considering.

 

Especially if your child is…

 

A child who suppresses their emotions during school hours only to release them in the safe haven of home.

 

A child who feels disoriented within the classroom setting, struggling to find their place.

 

A child who exhibits disruptive or detached behavior as a response to overwhelming stimuli.

 

It's only natural for you to hope your child's educators will recognize that these behaviors stem from their heightened...

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Teaching Good Sportsmanship to Highly Sensitive Kids

If your kid is regularly pouting or freaking out during sports, and you find yourself wondering if it’s worth it, read on.

Do you feel like you're walking on eggshells, never knowing what will trigger the next emotional outburst, embarrassed that this is now happening in public?

You're not alone. Many parents of highly sensitive children struggle with the same challenges.

 

You might wonder if just changing the objective, expecting your child to do better at an individual sport like gymnastics or track will decrease the comparison.

But here's the truth: switching from soccer to an individual sport won't solve the problem, because your child needs collaboration skills.

The real issue lies in your child's inability to manage their emotions in overwhelming situations.

Whether it's a team sport or an individual activity, your child needs to learn how to regulate their emotions safely and effectively.

Once a child can do that, their flexibility and leadership in team sports...

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Does Play Therapy End The Meltdown Cycle For Sensitive Kids?

 

You love your sensitive child with all your heart. 

 

But the daily tidal wave of tears, tantrums, and meltdowns leaves you feeling drained and defeated. 

 

No matter how patiently you respond, your child shuts down at the smallest frustration. 

 

You want to help them thrive, but don't know where to start.

 

This is not for lack of trying that you’re locked in a daily battle of wills with a child who seems wired to overreact. 

 

The judgmental glares, the well-meaning but useless advice from others, the isolation you feel - it cuts deep. 

 

You question your parenting at every turn. 

 

But here's the truth: you are not alone, and you are not a bad parent.

 

In fact, the very act of seeking help makes you an exceptional parent. 

 

It takes courage to admit you need support on this journey. Your child's sensitivity is not a flaw to be fixed, but a difference to be understood and nurtured...

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Does CBT End The Meltdown Cycle?

 

You're a problem solver and a high achiever, always striving to give your child the best.

But despite your efforts, your sensitive child struggles with daily refusals, shut downs, and meltdowns.

It's a cycle that leaves you feeling helpless and frustrated, wondering if you'll ever find a solution.

You've considered therapy, thinking it might be the answer you've been searching for.

And while seeking help is a brave step, not all solutions are equipped to handle the unique needs of your sensitive child.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), for instance, falls short in several key areas.

It's a thinking/feeling/doing approach that fails to address your child’s reactions to emotional overwhelm.

Because it's a reactive approach, taking the child's lead, this can perpetuate the meltdown cycle and grow your child’s shame reactions, leading to appointment refusal.

 

You and I both know your child doesn’t know how to end the cycle of daily meltdowns– and yet your...

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Wondering What's Appropriate Behavior For Sensitive Kids?

Wondering what’s normal for sensitive kids?

 

When your child faces frequent outbursts and emotional turmoil, they are grappling with overwhelming emotions beyond their control. 

 

They feel disoriented, confused, and burdened by these INTENSE FEELINGS. 

 

And when they lack effective strategies to process and express their emotions, they explode.

 

And guess what? 

 

This is not a phase they will outgrow. 

 

As your HSC grows older, these meltdowns and outbursts can escalate into significant risky behaviors:

 

  • Engaging in aggressive behavior, both verbally and physically
  • Developing persistent depression and/or anxiety
  • Engaging in self-destructive acts

 

In this week’s show we will discuss what behavior is developmentally appropriate, and what is not.

 

I understand your unwavering commitment as a parent. 

 

I know that you are striving to provide the best possible life for your child. 

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