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What It's Like to Be a Sensitive Child

Posted on 12-02-2016

You may not be a very sensitive person, but perhaps your preschooler is! How do you relate to him or her? Maybe she’s quieter than others, or more introverted or internal. That’s okay! Our personalities are all a little different.

When you see your child off by himself during recess, it might not be a bad thing; he may just need the extra space and quiet to process. Have you ever had a friend who calls you up to vent and think through something that just happened? Your child is just calling that friend—its name is Alone!

Internal processers are often more sensitive and more creative than external processors (though, of course, that isn’t always the case). They can be highly successful people, learning to handle others’ emotions more adeptly than their more extroverted peers.

Shyness and sensitivity are still viewed as positive traits in countries like Japan and Sweden where citizens are not as success-driven as Americans. Interestingly enough, employers are now valuing Emotional Quotient over Intelligence Quotient. Why? Because employees respond better to understanding and empathetic managers and are more willing to work harder for people that value employees and their well-being over profit and fame. It’s a win-win situation.

Next time you feel your child is simply being too quiet, be patient. She will come around after she has internally processed and thought through the situation. She just needs a little space and time. Your patience will show her that you value her feelings just as much as the rambunctious kiddo.

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