Monday, August 15, 2011

Raising a 'spirited' child.

Strong-willed. Determined. Independent. Opinionated.
These are just some of the words you could use to positively described my almost 4 yr old.
Whatever you want to call it, there's no doubt that parenting her takes an extra measure (or ten!) of patience!

I don't know how many of you have children like this, but I am forever on the hunt for any tips, tricks, rountines etc. that may help make parenting my 'spirited' child easier, and make our household happier and run smoother!

I came across an article yesterday entitled 'How to raise a Spirited Child'.
Some of the tips they offered, we already employ, and it was reassuring to have that confirmed by somebody else. We've already found that giving Miss E notice of change, and sticking to a routine so she can anticipate what is coming, help immensely with her behavior. I also try not to get into situations that i know are going to end badly (like, shopping trips when she's tired). They also made a few suggestions that sounded interesting and that i plan to try out.
And i continue my search!

Do you have any tips for 'raising a spirited child' or just for a happier home in general? 


  1. I found the books by Dr Christopher Green immensely helpful.

  2. The ones I used were 'Toddler Taming' and 'Understanding ADD', although I believe he's written much more than that. Adele Dingle's 'A Parent Survival Kit' is another one that I remember being particularly helpful. Those books and a very understanding and switched-on paediatrician were invaluable.