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Category: Spirited Kids

You’re Not Letting Me Have the Happy Home I Wanted (A Letter to My High Need Child)

You’re Not Letting Me Have the Happy Home I Wanted (A Letter to My High Need Child)

[ 1 ] 6:16 pm |

To my darling high need child: Before I start, let me emphasize that I love you more than life itself. I would do anything for you, and wouldn’t trade you for anything in the world. BUT…….. The past _______ months/years haven’t been easy for me and your father/mother/sibling(s). I know they haven’t been easy for […]

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Meg’s Story: An Invitation to Meet Colicky, High Need and Spirited Moms Near You

Meg’s Story: An Invitation to Meet Colicky, High Need and Spirited Moms Near You

[ 2 ] 10:48 am |

Becoming a mom is amazing. BUT. Why does there always have to be a “but” attached to something good? Well, as with any major life change, becoming a mom can come with growing pains… and pretty tough ones at times. For me, it was the colic. The damn colic. My son didn’t sleep for about […]

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The Most Harmful Misconception About Spirited Kids

The Most Harmful Misconception About Spirited Kids

[ 3 ] 10:42 am |

I first learned about the term ‘spirited child’ when my Sammy was just about a year old. A friend gave me Mary Sheedy Kurcinka’s excellent book, Raising Your Spirited Child, and I couldn’t believe how spot on she was in describing my boy. I had previously discovered the term high need baby, but as Sammy […]

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Restaurant Gives Discount for Kids With Good Behaviour: A Good Idea or Not?

Restaurant Gives Discount for Kids With Good Behaviour: A Good Idea or Not?

[ 2 ] 9:51 am |

  Photo from Reddit A photo originally posted on Reddit has been flying around my Facebook newsfeed the past couple of days. It was also the subject of some pretty heated debate on my favourite talk radio show yesterday, and I’ve been thinking about it all ever since. Before I give you my thoughts on it, here’s […]

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Letting Go of the ‘Should’s’

Letting Go of the ‘Should’s’

[ 4 ] 2:33 pm |

There is one thing, one insidious thing, that makes life with a high need child 10x harder than it needs to be. It’s not the fact that your little one wakes up 5 times a night. It’s not that he’s a fussy eater who can’t go more than 1 or 2 hours between feeds. It’s […]

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This is Not the Child I Dreamt of

This is Not the Child I Dreamt of

[ 12 ] 11:56 am |

High need babies are known to ‘live out loud’. These are the babies who will let you know their displeasure the very moment their poop hits the diaper, or the second they feel their first twinge of hunger or thirst. Instead of fussing because they don’t want to go to sleep, they’ll scream bloody murder. […]

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Carleen’s Story: The Marathon of Raising a Spirited Child

Carleen’s Story: The Marathon of Raising a Spirited Child

[ 9 ] 9:36 am |

On a scale of one through ten, Liam’s activity level was definitely at a ten. From the day he was born he was alert and active.  Whenever I had gone to visit friends’ newborns they’d lay in a swing or a bouncy chair passed out like an old man after Thanksgiving dinner.  Moms looked tired […]

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Renae’s Story: The Power of Gratitude

Renae’s Story: The Power of Gratitude

[ 2 ] 4:28 pm |

A precious baby boy dies from complications of acute myeloid leukemia. Two days prior, he served as the best man in his parents’ wedding. The story, which likely would have brought me to tears prior to having Clara, affected me in an entirely different way as a mother. I looked down at my precious baby […]

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Do High Need Babies Turn into High Need Kids?

Do High Need Babies Turn into High Need Kids?

[ 5 ] 2:07 pm |

  Wouldn’t it be nice to know whether your spirited, high need or ‘difficult’ baby will outgrow this behaviour later in life? Well one of our moms recently passed on this article to me, and I know many of you will appreciate it. Click here to read Difficult Babies Can Turn into Super Kids. Keep […]

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When Do High Need Babies Get Easier?

When Do High Need Babies Get Easier?

[ 45 ] 10:27 am |

Unfortunately there’s no ‘one size fits all’ answer to this question, but there are some definite patterns. I know when your baby is up yet again partying at 3am, or your toddler is having his 3rd (or 5th, or 10th) tantrum of the day, you need some good news to hold onto. So I thought […]

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