I trust this letter finds you and your loved ones well as we approach the holiday season. As I connect with more expat parents, the topic of understanding what it means to have a sensitive kid often takes center stage.
Defining sensitivity is no easy feat, especially considering the diverse cultural backgrounds we navigate. It’s a term that might not resonate the same way for everyone, and when asked to define it, I often find myself pausing.
It’s not a lack of understanding but a recognition that every parent arrives at this understanding uniquely. It’s about whether the term “sensitive” truly aligns with how you perceive your child. Some find solace in the term “deeply feeling,” and that’s perfectly valid. Yet, amidst the nuances, there are certain traits that may shed light on whether your child falls into the category of sensitive or deeply feeling souls.
These kids experience the full spectrum of emotions, from joy to sadness to rage, with an intensity that can be both awe-inspiring and challenging. Getting them to open up and articulate their feelings can be a task in itself.
Often, they are labeled as thoughtful, yet sometimes described as shy. They move through the world with a depth of feeling that is unique, sensing the nuances of life more intensely than their peers. It’s as if their hearts are finely tuned instruments, harmonizing with the symphony of emotions around them.
In a world that often feels disconnected, these kids yearn for deep connections. This, however, can be challenging, given their heightened sensitivity to the emotions around them. They may struggle to navigate this complexity, sometimes misinterpreting others. But within this intricate web lies a beautiful authenticity that is uniquely theirs.
The rollercoaster of emotions can overwhelm them, and as adults in their lives, navigating this can be demanding. Yet, what truly fascinates me is the extraordinary empathy, intuition, and perceptiveness these kids possess. It’s as if they have an inborn ability to step into someone else’s shoes, to feel the rhythm of another’s heart.
As expat parents, we have the privilege of witnessing our kids grow in a multicultural environment—a journey not without its challenges as we navigate a world that tests their stability. I firmly believe that their sensitivity is an asset, a beacon guiding them to thrive in this diverse world. Our role is to help them embrace and nurture this gift, fostering a life rich in meaningful connections and profound understanding.
I hope this provides more understanding of what it means to be a sensitive or deeply feeling kid.
Can you please hit reply and tell me which word resonates more with you when describing your child—sensitive or deeply feeling? This would be so helpful to me.
Wishing you and our extraordinary kids an amazing week ahead.
Pssstttttt…If your week had been full of rollercoaster emotions, I see you. Helping your child navigate the ups and downs can challenge your own ability to stay calm. One thing I have found helpful is to validate their feelings and then help them name the emotions. This builds a library for self-understanding. In time, this empowers them to articulate their needs. Your kids is so lucky to have you as an invaluable guide in their journey.