Raising a child requires awareness, and this awareness is at a high level because this new member of the family has many different characteristics.
Raising a healthy child requires the correct educational model, but how can you raise a sensitive child effectively?
What is the best way to raise a sensitive child?
The sensitivity of a child is not a disorder. Despite being one of the kindest and most caring children you will meet, a sensitive child may cause his parents problems.
Children who are sensitive may cry easily and get emotional easily. Because they are usually worried about a problem, these children need a lot of reassurance.
It is not only that some children are emotionally sensitive, but they also show sensitivity to anything that catches their eye. Children are sensitive to bright lights, loud noises, or some objects.
Despite the belief that sensitive children are shy, this is not the only problem they face. It is easy for them to express any emotion, which means they can easily become anxious, emotional, or nervous.
Other children may label a sensitive child as a child who cries a lot and gets nervous easily, because he has difficulties interacting with his peers.
Raising a sensitive child involves the following strategies:
1. Don’t try to change a sensitive child’s temperament; accept him as he is and focus on his strengths. Your child may find things difficult that are easy for other children. Teach him how to deal with these feelings based on a consensus-accepted method instead of depriving him of new experiences.
2. The child should have a quiet place to relax: Most sensitive children are afraid of crowds, bright lights, and noisy places, so encourage them to do calming activities in a quiet place. You can listen to music, read books, and color. Whenever he feels panic or anxiety, the child can use these methods to calm himself.
3. Limits: You may sometimes give up on following rules at home because your sensitive child is sensitive, but remember that this is not in the child’s best interest. Be aware that your behavior will make the child responsible in the future, so do not be negligent.
4. It is important to encourage your child’s efforts: Sensitive children need encouragement because it boosts their self-confidence. Try to praise your child’s efforts if he feels conflicted about encouraging you to do things that other children can do. As an example: sensitive children tend to lie easily to get out of trouble, teach your child to tell the truth and in this case, encourage him to repeat it.
5. A sensitive child gets upset when he feels hurt, so calm him down with polite and respectful behavior. Instead of saying that dessert isn’t necessary until dinner, say that if dinner is served, dessert is welcome. Encouragement and rewards will energize your child.
6. Children who are sensitive usually express their feelings through their behavior, so teaching them how to express their feelings is very important. Teach him how to express his feelings through words or sentences.
7. Developing problem-solving skills can make a big difference in a child’s upbringing and daily life. Build his confidence by teaching him step-by-step instructions for solving problems.
8. Make the child aware of the consequences of his bad actions: A sensitive child must also be punished for his bad behavior. As a result, he cannot escape punishment for being sensitive! Instead of focusing on punishing the child, focus on educating him. A reasonable punishment will teach the child a valuable lesson.
9. Never force your sensitive child to do anything. Listen to his interests and let him do the things he enjoys instead of forcing him to attend sports classes or be in crowded places.
10. Your behavior needs to be improved: A sensitive child is more sensitive to the behavior of his parents and is more affected by instability at home. The anxiety that prevails at home or the behavior of their parents scares them terribly.
11. Leaving your child alone with trustworthy friends and family can sometimes cause problems for parents. Even in adulthood, the anxiety of separation from parents can pose risks for him.
Whatever a sensitive child needs to hear:
1. Allow your child to experience adult emotions such as crying, anger, and anxiety without telling them they’re bad, because it will benefit them.
2. A sensitive child is usually offended by the experience of injustice and the discomfort and pain of others. It’s not an overreaction, it’s a kind of compassion! Teach him to take meaningful action in this situation.
3. As with sensitive children, introverted adults also need alone time since they get confused after participating in a crowded party, noisy activity, or a normal school day.
4. Children who are sensitive can naturally understand subtlety through their bodies. Show them how eating their favorite food will feel on their body.
5. It is important to teach him the skill of saying no: most children are familiar with hearing the word (no), but they don’t know how to use it. If he does not want to go somewhere or do something, teach him to say (no) clearly, politely, and respectfully.
6. A sensitive adult, like a sensitive child, will analyze information from many perspectives when he receives it. Let him do it on his own.
7. People like you are very important in today’s world. Empathy, listening, and understanding are very important. It is possible for a sensitive child to be creative in this area. With his sensitivity, he can help countless people.
The way you educate him will help him in adulthood, so you shouldn’t be negligent if you are trying to improve the behavior of your sensitive child.