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30 review for The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Raley

    Like many other reviewers, I found this book helpful in understanding my kindergarten-age son. I have already recommended it to his kindergarten teachers. I would hope for this perspective on temperaments to spread - I think it will be particularly effective in broadening society's conversations about masculinity specifically. However, a number of elements of the book give it, in my rating, three-stars. A number of her parenting suggestions can be a smart approach for any temperament - they match Like many other reviewers, I found this book helpful in understanding my kindergarten-age son. I have already recommended it to his kindergarten teachers. I would hope for this perspective on temperaments to spread - I think it will be particularly effective in broadening society's conversations about masculinity specifically. However, a number of elements of the book give it, in my rating, three-stars. A number of her parenting suggestions can be a smart approach for any temperament - they match up well with the respectful parenting movement. I was mostly concerned with the see-saw of personal experience and scientific alignment. I would like to see others take up this work from a more objective perspective. (I will dig into some of the books referenced at the end.) I found the mentions of scientific research helpful (especially the neuroscience), but the overwhelming anecdotes of her own research and her own personal experiences may have the effect of invalidating a potentially valid scientific finding.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessi Cochran

    some good insights, but I felt most of this was intuitive for a conscientious parent

  3. 5 out of 5

    Angela Hedworth

    Excellent read! I wish I would have read it when my sensitive chid was a baby. It would have helped me so much! It would be better if she included details about special needs and the intersection with sensitive children.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    3.5 stars. Anne Bogel suggested reading this rather than The Highly Sensitive Person if you are an HSP because there is so much in the adult version that can be triggering for an HSP! There were many points throughout that solidified for me that I have this temperament, although framing it through how to help a child like this thrive did make me a little sad for the fact that no one knew this when I was growing up. I'm not sure if my own son is highly sensitive, though it wouldn't surprise me no 3.5 stars. Anne Bogel suggested reading this rather than The Highly Sensitive Person if you are an HSP because there is so much in the adult version that can be triggering for an HSP! There were many points throughout that solidified for me that I have this temperament, although framing it through how to help a child like this thrive did make me a little sad for the fact that no one knew this when I was growing up. I'm not sure if my own son is highly sensitive, though it wouldn't surprise me now that I've read all of this — he would just be one of those rarer HSPs who acts out aggressively when he's overstimulated. I think this book is helpful for getting a general overview of this particular temperament, but I found a lot of the general parenting advice questionable; I think some of it is a little too specific to Aron's own parenting experience with her son rather than being based on best practices generally. After all, her specialty is on temperament, not parenting. Some of her advice assumes that you can control your child's life and choices a lot more than I think is practical, and a lot of it assumes a particular type of reader, one who is comfortably middle class, probably lives in the suburbs, and has the flexibility to stay home with their child for the first several years of their child's life. There are also some problematic suggestions, like "borrowing from Native American rituals" to create an initiation to adulthood. The book is almost two decades old at this point and it definitely shows. (It also could have used a closer edit — there were several noticeable mistakes, like the word "undo" being used for "undue" more than once.) This might be helpful as an introduction to highly sensitive people, and children in particular, but I wouldn't recommend following all of her parenting advice. Pick up How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen or another modern parenting book instead.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Interesting Read I found this book to be very interesting and helpful. I appreciated the scientific research shared and the insight on the positives of an HSC. I’m a Christian and some of her parenting advice doesn’t line up with my beliefs. Overall there were some noteworthy nuggets I can add to my artillery alongside prayer and scripture for my HSC.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    This was a really helpful read for me- I read it to understand myself better and because I suspect one of my children is hsp like me. I’m glad to have a better understanding of myself and what I can do to help my daughter, too. If you have a child who’s very emotional or particular, this book is a great resource.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nadya

    Brilliant advice for all parents who have been gifted with an HSC. If you would like your child to become a strong and self aware adult, rather than broken and searching fornan identity, this book is a wonderful guide.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'm not sure why I picked this up. I can say about this the same thing I said about The Highly Sensitive Person; the concept is interesting, but a short article would have sufficed. The suggestions for parenting a highly sensitive child seemed like common sense to me. I'm not sure why I picked this up. I can say about this the same thing I said about The Highly Sensitive Person; the concept is interesting, but a short article would have sufficed. The suggestions for parenting a highly sensitive child seemed like common sense to me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Davor Bakovic

    mind opening turned a big light to the issue I did not know enough vary thorough and detailed and well written helpful with tools and suggestions!! as a ADHD coach find it vary good professional aid

  10. 5 out of 5

    Suzette Bishop

    Helped me see myself as a child and teenager from a more understanding and validating perspective and will help me work more effectively with highly sensitive students in the the classroom.

  11. 4 out of 5

    ANA I VALDES

    We have to read it!!! Excellent!!! Helpful!!! You could have a HSP on your family, in the school, work. Understanding them, it is peaceful. Thanks for this temperament description.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Chandler

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  14. 4 out of 5

    Claire Kurdelak

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wong Yat Fai

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zazyl Heinze

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    Sally Martin

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    Melissa

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    David

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    Maria Whitmore

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    Tracy Bryan

  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Opsata

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kenza

  27. 4 out of 5

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    Tabitha Enos

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lani Forbes

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

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