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Abhinav  Bhardwaj
Abhinav Bhardwaj Seattle, WA, USA

What advice would you give to parents raising a highly sensitive kid?

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  • Abhinav  Bhardwaj
    Abhinav Bhardwaj

    Hi,

    It is a big deal to raise kids and takes a lot of hard work. I am not 100% sure, but believe that most of HSP's will have sensitive kids due to their genes. With our life experience and information now out there about HSPs: What advice would we give to future parents raising HSP kids?

     

     

  • Krystal
    Krystal

    I'm not sure, but I think, embracing their sensitivity could be the first step. Teaching them the strengths of being sensitive , and how to be aware of this skill could be helpful too.

    I wish I was not compared a lot with others as a kid, and was accepted as who I was, even when I was shy, introverted, and enjoyed simple things in life.

    • Larissa Burgess
      Larissa Burgess

      I definitely think the point that you made about not being compared is incredibly important. How can you embrace who you are if others are saying that another is better? I have not had children, but when I think of the workplace it is important to embrace everyone's unique strengths. It is important to value diversity of the human spectrum--and that all humans are beautiful.

    • Larissa Burgess
      Larissa Burgess

      Krystal Also, I think, it is important to know if your child is sensitive. I believe, being aware of this trait is very important. Educated parents can help raise amazing kids who are highly sensitive with a strong emotional backbone.

  • Abhinav  Bhardwaj
    Abhinav Bhardwaj

    Krystal I agree.


    I think I'm mentally preparing myself to be raising a highly sensitive kid. I'm not sure, but I have a feeling. I'm thinking of reading this book [https://hsperson.com/books/the-highly-sensitive-child/] to learn more about what I can do.

    1. The number one thing I'd teach my kid is the practice of meditation. I have gained so much through my practice of meditation.

    2. As you mentioned, I will be very cautious of expectations and comparisons. As Larissa said, let's try embracing each other's strengths rather than what we lack.

    • Estefani
      Estefani

      I think that it's amazing that your mentally preparing yourself and I believe it's a step to understanding. I am also in the same boat where I am also mentally preparing. I saw that book somewhere and wanted to look into it someday, must be a sign lol, thanks for sharing!

    • Abhinav  Bhardwaj
      Abhinav Bhardwaj

      Estefani Haha, yeah. I think it's a proactive move to prepare ourselves. I love kids, and want to ensure I show up as a great parent.

  • Abhinav  Bhardwaj
    Abhinav Bhardwaj

    "Be mindful of the things that distress them, but don't attempt to shield or protect them from any and all discomfort. Encourage creative outlets. Listen."

  • Abhinav  Bhardwaj
    Abhinav Bhardwaj

    "Honor their nature & emotions. Never use harmful language like "toughen up" or "you're too sensitive" and explain to them why the reactions of others along similar lines is a reflection of their own limitations. Create a refuge for them where they are free to "recharge" whenever they need to. Connect them with other sensitive children in a 1:1 setting to encourage sustainable friendship. (If financially possible) select schools that respect the unique nature of HSPs that will allow them to seek refuge when needed"

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