Does anyone else have a highly sensitive child?

Amanda - posted on 07/20/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 3 year old son is like me, he's is HIGHLY sensitive. If he does something he knows is wrong (such as hit his older brother) once I tell him it's not nice he'll start to cry. If I yell at him he'll start to cry; if he trips (and doesn't hurt himself) he'll run to me crying about how he hurts, but will walk away as soon as I look him over and tell him he's okay. He is sooooo sensitive and it's so frustrating sometimes, but I know I was the same way and didn't get the nurturing I needed as a young child so I generally have the patience to deal with him. Anyone else have a child like this?

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Brandy - posted on 09/22/2012

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my daughter used to be like this but shes really starting to out grow it. we really encourage her to be independent and give alot of praise when she isnt over emotional, i try to let her know what to expect in certain situations and how i would like her to respond, when she falls down or something i always try to pretend like i dont notice and i wait for her to come to me, she used to just lay there screaming waiting for me to rush to her and would become more hysterical if i didnt so i finally just told her if you want me to help you you need to come and tell me and after awhile she did. it helps to really pay attention to how you yourself are reacting to things, me and my husband are very overdramatic and tend to over react to things that dont concern our child so its not suprising that she would be the same way. i discussed this with him and we have worked on pointing this behavior out to each other to break the habit for ourselves so we arent displaying that behavior in front of her and then we just try to be patient and a little more unresponsive to her (which is hard to do sometimes as a mom). The hardest part in all of this for me came the day we had to drop her off for her first day of preschool a couple weeks ago. i had never left her with anyone before because i am a stay at home mom and she only stays with my mother if we go out or something. i was so worried about her sensitivity issues not being nurtured while i was away and that is what really made me realize that this might me more of my problem and my doing than i thought. im not saying thats the case with you though, im just saying thats what ive been dealing with.

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