Category: Spirited Kids

I Feel Like My Baby Hates Me. Help!

I Feel Like My Baby Hates Me. Help!

11:06 am |

This is the kind of blog post that probably wouldn’t do well on a typical parenting blog. Better blog post titles for mainstream “mommy blogs” might be: Top Reason I Love Being a Mom 7 Fun Activities You Can Do With Your Baby 5 Tips For Getting Your 3 Month Old To Sleep Through The Night […]

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50 Secrets To Parenting A Spirited Child

50 Secrets To Parenting A Spirited Child

9:28 am |

Kids don’t come with instructions, obviously. But with high need or spirited kids, we REALLY need them. You’ve likely already discovered that the usual strategies and techniques that work on more easygoing kids sometimes don’t work with high need, strong-willed or “difficult” kids. This can leave you asking, “How on earth am I supposed to […]

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What Is A High Need Baby?

What Is A High Need Baby?

2:14 pm |

This seems like such a simple question, right? If you’ve heard the term before, you’ve probably already assigned a specific meaning to it. You may think of a high need baby or toddler as one who: Is fussy because of a physical condition like reflux, a food allergy or sensitivity or a lip or tongue […]

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What’s The Best Parenting Style For High Need Kids?

What’s The Best Parenting Style For High Need Kids?

8:58 am |

Do you ever find yourself wondering if there’s one “right” approach or style when it comes to parenting a high need child? Certain books tell us that these kids need a strict, firm approach. We should set up schedules and routines, then be very consistent. We should set strong boundaries, then enforce those boundaries at all costs. Eventually, […]

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How Do I Deal With My Spirited Child’s Tantrums?

How Do I Deal With My Spirited Child’s Tantrums?

11:07 am |

You’ve probably already figured out that parenting a spirited toddler or preschooler is MUCH different than parenting a more easygoing kid. All those strategies that you see working with other kids (or that worked with YOUR other kids) just seem to make your child even more frustrated, upset or out of control. This likely leaves […]

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30 Hacks To Keep Your Baby Or Toddler Entertained (For More Than 5 Minutes)

30 Hacks To Keep Your Baby Or Toddler Entertained (For More Than 5 Minutes)

6:38 pm |

I’ll admit it: when my kids were little, I found myself OUT OF MY MIND BORED about 50% of the time. I was always happy when we had actual things we needed to get done – things like eating, taking a bath or running an errand. But the remaining time was hard for me. What […]

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A Parents’ Guide To A High Need Baby: 8 Ways To Stay Sane

A Parents’ Guide To A High Need Baby: 8 Ways To Stay Sane

5:25 pm |

Having a high need baby can be overwhelming. These are the babies who seem to hate sleep, never seem to be content, and require a LOT of patience from their parents. They are intense and can easily push you to the edge of insanity. This post will provide 8 tips to stay sane with a high […]

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Sammy’s First Christmas

Sammy’s First Christmas

10:23 am |

Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. Being with family, eating decadent food, playing in the snow (the rare time we get it here in Vancouver)…these are the things I look forward to throughout the entire year. The year Sammy was born was no different. He was due at the end of November, […]

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What Makes A Baby High Need?

What Makes A Baby High Need?

11:08 am |

This is a question that many parents of high need babies struggle with. They want to understand why their child is so fussy, discontent and unpredictable. They think that if they can pin down the cause, it will somehow make life more manageable. I think this is a natural tendency, and is just part of […]

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The Myth Of “You Made Him That Way”

The Myth Of “You Made Him That Way”

[ 2 ] 3:00 pm |

Do you ever wonder if you caused your baby’s fussiness or high need behaviours? If so, you’re not alone. When you see other people’s babies sitting contentedly in the stroller, or sleeping through the night, or just generally being a joy to have around, it’s hard not to feel like you’re doing something wrong. But […]

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