Tag: Raising Your Spirited Child

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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The Most Harmful Misconception About Spirited Kids

The Most Harmful Misconception About Spirited Kids

[ 5 ] 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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Q & A with Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Q & A with Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

[ 0 ] 2:03 pm |

Have you ever wondered how you’re supposed to react during your toddler’s temper tantrums? Or what about what to do when your baby or toddler consistently wakes up SUPER early in the morning? (I’m talking 4am here). Do you wonder if life with a spirited child ever gets easier? I recently had the pleasure of […]

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A Matter of Perspective?

A Matter of Perspective?

[ 2 ] 9:14 am |

This past weekend was all about sick kids. Thursday night Emily came down with a gastro and Chloe followed suit the next morning. Emily’s also on an antibiotic for a chest infection, Chloe’s on one for a urinary tract infection, and both girls have got sore throats (are we having fun yet?). But if there’s […]

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Temperament and Fussiness: When Do I Know if My Child is Spirited?

Temperament and Fussiness: When Do I Know if My Child is Spirited?

[ 1 ] 7:48 pm |

Dr. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, author of the book, Raising Your Spirited Child, first coined the term ‘spirited child’ over 20 years ago. Being careful not to slap labels on kids (especially babies), she instead focuses on redefining our understanding of how our child reacts to their environment. Sometimes referred to as the ‘difficult child’, Dr. […]

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