In this episode, we are going to discuss strong willed kids. These kids present as defiant and defensive. Everyone seems to walk on eggshells around these kids.
Most likely, these kids have a highly sensitive nervous system. Smells are smellier, tastes are more intense, tags are scratchy-er, noises are noisier. When you have a highly sensitive nervous system, the world feels overstimulating most of the time and even more so during early childhood.
These kids are often exhausted from the overstimulation and irritable as a result. The adults in their lives often mistake their cranky behavior. These kids frequently feel misunderstood and behave defensively.
I have an interesting theory about these kids. I believe they are catalysts for change. I will teach you how to see your kid’s strong willed-ness as their super power.
Here are some pointers if you have a strong willed kid:
Stay on top of basic needs: Sleep and nutrition.
Get the sleep thing figured out. 10-11 hours a night of sleep is a necessity if you have a highly sensitive nervous system.
Structure and exercise is important. Get them outside and away from screens.
Solo sports like swimming can be phenomenal.
See his point of view. Understand how he’s wired.
Highly sensitive people (HSP) http://hsperson.com/about-dr-elaine-aron/
Larry David https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARq0QDBIUaQ
Swaddle technique from Happiest Baby on the Block https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4SnaQ1DVJM
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