The Sensitive Child

In the continuation of this series on learning more about spirited children, sensitivity is often the most misunderstood trait.   On the surface it appears a kid is out-of-control for no reason, when in truth, they are expressing their deep-seated emotions.  Hopefully, if you are in the midst of raising a sensitively spirited child, once

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The Summertime Blues

It is hard to believe that we are looking straight down the barrel of another summer.  Our kids are slowly losing control of themselves as the energy of the approaching summer overtakes them.  I have an increased respect for school teachers as the end of the year approaches.  How they manage to keep our kids

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The Kid Who Wouldn’t Back Down

This week, I would like to continue to unravel the intricacies of the spirited child.  Having survived the toddler years of raising two, intensely spirited boys, I am an unofficial expert.  Last time, I wrote about intensity.  This week I will be covering persistence.  Even if your child is easy-going, I believe at times, all

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Take Back the Night

Across the board, one of the most challenging issues of parenting is getting your child to sleep consistently through the night. Before I had children, I thought that this meant only through the newborn stage.  Sadly, this is not true.  In fact, last night my eight-year old busted into our bedroom unannounced in the wee

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Intensely Spirited

My boys are what you would call spirited.  Learning more about the depth and breadth of their spiritedness has helped me tremendously.  They aren’t necessarily trying to be purposefully defiant, they are showing me that I am missing the mark somehow (not being fully present or accepting them as is). In this blog post, I

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