As a mom of five, I have learned first-hand that every single kid, regardless of whether or not they came from the same person, is different. They're all equipped with their own personality that results in a unique set of needs, likes, dislikes, and ways of interacting with the world. So even within your own family, there's no "one-size-fits-all" approach to parenting. And never is this more obvious than when you learn how to parent a sensitive kid.
In my experience, things that are fun for "typical kids" aren't all that fun for sensitive kids. As a child, I loved things like roller coasters, scary movies, and water slides. My sensitive kids? Eh, not so much. My sensitive daughter feels emotions with roughly 100 times the intensity of everyone else. While that means she at times seems to radiate excitement and joy, it also means she can become overstimulated, angry, afraid, sad, or completely drained, with equal intensity and oftentimes disastrous results.
My step-son is sensitive in different ways. He is extremely introverted, and hates crowds or places where he's expected to socialize or behave a certain way. Some days he just needs alone time, and would rather stay home than go to events like birthday parties or large family gatherings. He struggles with his emotions, sometimes crying for no reason or about something that seems like no big deal (at least to me). And since he has the added "bonus" of living in a society that says boys shouldn't cry, he is made to feel even worse for reacting to these very big emotions.
As a mother, I've learned to adjust my expectations and find ways to help my sensitive kids (and myself) cope with their often overwhelming emotions. That's not always easy, because this world isn't built for sensitive people, but it's absolutely worth it and it's enabled me to learn the following things: