Our Caroline is a Dreamer in every sense of the word. She is also sensitive and spirited. Anyone who thinks those labels are just imaginary, probably does not have a child like this. Some children look at the world differently. Once you begin to read the explanations of others, it is like the light comes flooding in because it all finally makes sense!
There is very little out there that is helpful for understanding how to raise, nurture and discipline a dreamer. In fact, much of the advice given (especially in Christian circles) is actually counterproductive, sometimes in the extreme. I’ll continue to add resources here as I find them and welcome any links or books that others would recommend!
The Spirited Child from The Fussy Baby Site
Spirited Child Handout (PDF)
How to Handle Your Spirited Toddler from Baby Center
Parenting a Spirited Child from Prenatal to Parenting
The Highly Sensitive Child from Family Education
The Highly Sensitive Child: Parenting Strategies from Family Education
The Highly Sensitive Child from The Highly Sensitive Person
Raising a Sensitive Child from Education.com
Stubborn Preschoolers from Berkeley Parenting Networks
Raising Your Spirited Child from ivillage.com
Nurturing Our Spirited Children from Nurturing Our Families
Thriving With Your Spirited Child from University of Wisconsin Extension
Support for Raising Spirited Babies from Baby Whisperer Forum (There are many threads on this topic. You will not feel so alone after you read some of them!)
HELP – How to Enjoy a “Spirited” Baby from Baby Whisperer Forum
How do you feel about the term “free-spirited child”?? from Mothering.com
Spirited Children on BabyCenter.com
You may also find my High Need Infants, Babies and Children page helpful!
Please note: The inclusion of a link is not an endorsement of all its content or the content of the site on which it is found.