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Understanding Your Sensitive Child: 12 Signs and Supportive Strategies



Introduction: Parenting is a journey filled with unique challenges, and understanding your child's temperament is essential for fostering a nurturing environment. Some children are inherently more sensitive than others, and recognizing these traits can significantly impact how you support their emotional needs. In this blog post, we'll explore 12 signs that may indicate your child is sensitive and provide insights on how to nurture and empower them.


  1. Empathy Overflow: Sensitive children often display a heightened sense of empathy. They easily pick up on others' emotions and feel deeply affected by them. If your child frequently shows concern for others or gets emotionally invested in stories, it could be a sign of their sensitivity.

  2. Intense Reactions: Sensitive children may react more intensely to both positive and negative stimuli. This can manifest as extreme joy, excitement, or, conversely, intense sadness or frustration. Understanding and managing these heightened emotions is key to helping your child navigate their feelings.

  3. Perfectionist Tendencies: A sensitivity to details and a desire for perfection can be indicative of a sensitive child. They might be highly self-critical and strive for excellence in their endeavors. Encourage a healthy approach to mistakes and emphasize the learning process.

  4. Avoidance of Conflict: Sensitive children may be more prone to avoiding conflict. They might feel overwhelmed by confrontations and prefer harmony. Teaching them healthy communication strategies and problem-solving skills can empower them to handle conflicts more effectively.

  5. Sensory Sensitivity: Sensitivity to sensory stimuli, such as bright lights, loud sounds, or certain textures, is common among sensitive children. Be mindful of their sensory experiences and create environments that cater to their comfort.

  6. Strong Intuition: Sensitive children often possess a strong intuition. They may have a keen awareness of subtle changes in their surroundings and people's moods. Acknowledge and validate their intuitive feelings to build their confidence.

  7. Love for Nature and Animals: Many sensitive children have a deep connection with nature and animals. They might feel a profound sense of peace and comfort in these environments. Encourage and nurture this connection as it can serve as a valuable source of emotional support.

  8. Deep Thinkers: Sensitivity often goes hand in hand with creativity. Your child might have a natural inclination towards artistic expression, whether through drawing, writing, or other creative outlets. Encourage and celebrate their creativity as a means of emotional expression.

  9. Creativity and Artistic Expression: Sensitivity often goes hand in hand with creativity. Your child might have a natural inclination towards artistic expression, whether through drawing, writing, or other creative outlets. Encourage and celebrate their creativity as a means of emotional expression.

  10. Energy Absorption: Sensitive children may absorb the energy of their surroundings, making them more susceptible to stress. Teach them healthy coping mechanisms, such as mindfulness and relaxation techniques, to help manage their emotional energy.

  11. Sensitivity to Spirits: As a medium, I realize that sensitive children are also more aware of spirits around them. They may have a heightened sensitivity to the presence of spiritual energies, which can manifest in various ways, such as feeling a presence in a room or having vivid dreams. Acknowledge and validate their experiences while providing reassurance and support to help them feel safe and empowered.

  12. Personal Reflection: I used to be a sensitive child, and initially, this felt like being shy and different. I felt vulnerable to share feelings and thoughts. But in the end, it has helped me become who I am today. Embracing my sensitivity allowed me to connect deeply with others, empathize with their experiences, and develop a profound intuition that guides me in my work as a medium. Encourage your sensitive child to embrace their uniqueness and reassure them that sensitivity is a gift that can enrich their lives in countless ways.


Understanding and embracing your child's sensitivity can strengthen your parent-child bond and contribute to their overall well-being. By recognizing these signs and providing the necessary support and guidance, you can help your sensitive child navigate the world with confidence and resilience. Remember, each child is unique, and it's essential to celebrate and nurture their individuality. Embrace the journey of raising a sensitive child, knowing that your love and understanding are powerful tools for their growth and happiness.


Were you, or do you know a sensitive child? If so, which signs do you recognise? I'd love to hear your comments below.

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