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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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.
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 […]
Fussiness and crankiness are definitely not traits reserved for babies. There are many reasons why a toddler may be fussy, and as many toddlers are not yet verbal, it can be difficult to figure out the cause. Causes of Fussiness in Toddlers The causes of fussiness in toddlers can range from minor physical ailments to […]
About 20% of all babies born have temperament traits of a fussy or high need, or what we call a spirited child. Spirited children share many of the characteristics you will find below. They require extra TLC (Tender Loving Care) from parents because their behaviour can be very challenging. Children generally do not change their […]
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. […]