I feel like my husband and I are very emotional and sensitive people. Sometimes intense, if you will. I’m personally scarily empathetic, and my husband is definitely quick to react on his emotions. I don’t know if we’d officially be diagnosed as highly sensitive people, but I was wondering how many of these traits our child may have, and if he’d be considered a “highly sensitive child,” or even just a sensitive child. And more importantly what do great parents do for sensitive kids to make sure they're supporting them in all things?
First of all, what exactly is a highly sensitive child? According to Maureen Healy, author of The Emotionally Healthy Child and expert at highlysensitivekids.com, “Boys and girls who are highly sensitive feel things more deeply and tend to react quickly — in the beginning. They have a small window of comfort. For example, she may not like socks with tight elastic bands or clothes with tags in them. Or he may not like loud noises and crowds such as large birthday parties.” Healy tells Romper in an email interview that she’s describing physical, mental, social, and emotional sensitivities, however, “when people mention 'highly sensitive,' they are typically referring to emotional sensitivity.” And there are definitely things we as parents can do for sensitive kids when it comes to “discipline,” activities, socializing, school, and emotional understanding, according to Healy.