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Seeing Sensitivity as a Strength
Seeing Sensitivity as a StrengthSeeing your children’s sensitivity as a strength is essential. They can intuit answers, develop deep and genuine relationships, access higher dimensions of consciousness, and feel great compassion for others. Albert Einstein said (according to the BBC’s Website), “Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Being sensitive your children can access their imagination, intuition, and innovativeness even to a deeper degree. Every great actor, artist, scientist, and scholar has gone beyond the regular level of sensitivity to be highly sensitive.
My first suggestion is really to see your children’s sensitivity as an asset. Some adults have told me they see sensitivity as a handicap, weakness, or problem. And if you are one of those people, I implore you to consider seeing it differently. Although I realize both personally and professionally life can be challenging (at times) when you are sensitive, the benefits far outweigh the costs.
Some gifts of your sensitive indigos include:
  • Intuition. Indigos are exceedingly intuitive and can access their inner wisdom to navigate life situations. One of my indigo students, Erin, was able to take a math exam where she didn’t know the answers, but she said to me, “Moe, I just guessed and got everything correct.” It was her intuition at work.
  • Creativity. Indigo energy is exceptionally creative, innovative, and solution oriented, seeing things others don’t. It is in their unique approach where they can solve problems whether they are at the personal, local, or global level. One of my indigo kids, Glenn, at age 6 organized how to hang the Christmas lights outside after his parents gave up thinking it wasn’t going to work. Amazing, really.
  • Giftedness. Indigo children often have gifts in a certain area of life and don’t necessarily fit into the regular model of schooling. So beginning to “see” your children’s gifted nature without forcing them to be perfect is essential to their healthy development and nurturance of their talents. Jeff, a student of mine, at age 8 has already been in 20-plus television commercials although he’s got dyslexia.
To read more, pick up The Energetic Keys to Indigo Kids here.

The Highly Sensitive Child

“… it is primarily parenting that decides whether the expression of sensitivity
will be an advantage or a source of anxiety.”
Elaine Aron, PhD
 
Does your child want all the tags pulled out from her shirts? Or enjoy quiet play more than big and noisy groups? Does she seem to read your mind? Or ask lots of questions? Is she incredibly perceptive noticing all these minor details of life? Perhaps she has even been labeled as “shy” or “highly emotional” by someone close to her. If you answered yes to any of the above you may be raising a highly sensitive child – and yes, this is a great thing.
The Highly Sensitive Child
As a former highly sensitive child, I personally relate to Elaine Aron’s description of the highly sensitive child. She states a “highly sensitive child is one of the fifteen to twenty percent of children born with a nervous system that is highly aware and quick to react to everything.” Such children are incredibly responsive to their environments whether it is the lighting, sounds, smells or overall mood of the people in their situations – these kids pick it up. (Dr. Aron’s test to “see” if you are raising a highly sensitive child is at: http://www.hsperson.com/pages/test_child.htm)
With a sharpened sense of awareness these children are often gifted intellectually, creatively and emotionally demonstrating genuine compassion at early ages. The downside is that these intensely perceptive kids can also get overwhelmed easily by crowds, noises, new situations, sudden changes and the emotional distress of others. Daniel, a four-year old client of mine, is a highly sensitive child and notoriously won’t take naps because he is too “wound up” by his preschool peers. Another highly sensitive child, Lizzie at age eight, came home from school after seeing a bullying episode and just broke down crying. Criticism, defeat and the distress of others is something sensitive children feel deeply.  
A huge number of my private child clients are highly sensitive children. Since my expertise is children’s emotional health – these kids need extra care and feeding so that they can learn how to see their sensitivity as a strength and begin empowering themselves with tools to tap into the “upside” of their sensitivity such as insight, creativity and empathy while simultaneously learning how to manage their rich emotional lives.

To read more, you can go to Maureen's blog at Psychology Todayhttp://bit.ly/iXVvzR