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Category: Spirited Kids

Letting Go of the ‘Should’s’

Letting Go of the ‘Should’s’

[ 2 ] 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

[ 7 ] 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

[ 3 ] 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?

[ 38 ] 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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The Great Jacket Fiasco [Video]

The Great Jacket Fiasco [Video]

[ 1 ] 10:34 am |

I thought I’d share this little diddy from when Sammy was about 3 years old. I was trying to get him into the routine of hanging his jacket up on his hook every time we came in from being outside. I was determined that this wasn’t too much to ask of him, and I told […]

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Taking Your High Need Child to a Playgroup

Taking Your High Need Child to a Playgroup

[ 7 ] 10:41 am |

Because my family recently moved into a new community, I have been finding meet-ups and playgroups for moms and little ones.  It’s one of the few chances I have to make friends, and let me tell you, I really need some right now. As many of you know, parenting a high need child can be […]

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Ages and Stages of the Fussy Baby

Ages and Stages of the Fussy Baby

[ 8 ] 9:34 am |

When Sammy was a baby, I would have given anything to have an idea of what to expect as each month (and even week) passed. Something to give me hope that things WOULD get easier. Or if they weren’t going to get easier, I suppose I wanted to know that, too.

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The 9 Causes of Colic, Fussiness, High Need Behaviour and the Spirited Temperament

[ 11 ] 4:10 pm |

*Please note: This entire post is TONGUE IN CHEEK. I figured I better state that upfront before I receive any more hate mail Great news! Having run The Fussy Baby Site for 5 years, I’ve had loads of opportunities to talk with parents, experts, doctors, and even some post-fussy kids. Over that time, I’ve been […]

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