Dr. Sears describes "The High Needs Child" as strong willed, intense, super sensitive, persistent, easily angered, defiant, prone to power struggles and tantrums. They are also compassionate, empathetic, generous, assertive and determined. High needs children focus on the negative. They are also extra intelligent and have strong leadership qualities. (The Discipline Book Page 283). This is my daughter. This is my daily struggle. To help my high needs child thrive. To help her find sunshine when all she sees is negativity. To dwell on her good qualities and not let the difficult parts of her personality crush me...or crush her. This is hard. This is crucial. She is young. She is so easily influenced. Everything that I say and do (and everything I don't say and don't do) will impact this super sensitive child. For good or for bad. So much pressure. So much responsibility. So, so important. I must help my high needs child to thrive.
My daily prayer: "Dear God, please show me how."