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Links to Think: 14.06.30

June 30, 2014


15 Tips for the Highly Sensitive Parent – As a high-testing HSP whose senses are particularly heightened during pregnancy, especially being home with my kids almost all day, I can definitely identify with this article. I’ve focused on trying to manage the areas of touch, sight, sound, and mind, but haven’t really focused on taste and smell. Many of the suggestions listed in other areas have definitely helped me avoid slipping into insanity. 🙂

“I took the short self-test created by Dr. Elaine Aron, author of The Highly Sensitive Person, and checked off 22 out of 27 statements indicating that a person is highly sensitive. Twenty-two! And so I began sleuthing out approaches to life that would allow me to create coping mechanisms so that my days weren’t filled with constant frustration from overstimulation.

I soon discovered, however, that while a lot of the suggested coping techniques for highly sensitive people were truly helpful, they also included advice that simply isn’t possible in the reality of parenting small children. Directives like “make sure to get enough sleep” and “avoid chaotic environments” aren’t practical for me.

However, some of the suggestions can be made to work no matter what season of life you are in, so I’ve been adapting and practicing these coping techniques for a few months now, and it has made a tremendous difference in my quality of life! I wanted to take a few moments to share these suggestions with you, offering hope and a path to a more peaceful way to move through your days with your family.”

7. Insist on noise-free zones in the day.

When my big girls are in school and the twins are napping, I turn off every source of sound in the house. When the girls are home, it becomes a little more challenging to have some noise-free time, but we practice Quiet Times as much as possible. If they are watching a movie or playing a game, sometimes I’ll slip out to the backyard and just sit and listen to birds and other outside sounds.

We also have a very strict “big voices go outside” policy in our house, but if your kids don’t have access to the outdoors throughout the day, consider limiting big voices to one part of the home only.”

10. Control the clutter

Many HSPs become easily overwhelmed by visual clutter. For most of us in the midst of family life, however, clutter is part of life. I’ve found that intentionally building clutter control into my day makes a huge difference in how much I enjoy my time at home.

Currently, for us this looks like limiting the toys the twins have access to each day, keeping a clutter basket on the stairs for things that need to go up or down, and a family clutter clean of the entire downstairs each night before bed.”

Are you a highly sensitive parent? Or a highly sensitive person? Anyone have some suggestions for scents that help calm?

5 Industries That Millennials Are Destroying – As an older member of the Millennials, I found this article fascinating. Albeit, the title frames the perspective more negatively than the content does.

Just as interesting as article itself are the responses in the comments, mostly insightful. While I don’t have cable, rarely drink soft drinks, and often prefer online shopping to brick and mortar, I do own a house and a vehicle. But without children (or with fewer children), I can see why one may opt out of those, as well. (Obviously, the actual demographics will shift depending on location, but this is also further impetus to me to pursue investing in real estate.) Realistically, we are just making different choices and have different priorities; given some of the financial crashes in recent decades, it would seem that is a good thing!

“There’s a lot to be said for watching demographic shifts as you craft your long-term investing strategy.

And while Baby Boomer stocks like health care and insurance get a lot of attention, long-term investors should also consider the impact Millennials will have on businesses — and their portfolios.

There are about 80 million Americans who were born between 1980 and 1995. And while much has been made about the challenges for Millennials to get good jobs or contribute to the economy, that is sure to change. As the Boomer population starts its inevitable decline, the power of this age group will grow substantially in the years ahead.

Some of that will be good, as the tech talents of younger Americans are put to work in the economy and as they grow into a powerful consumer class.

But for some stocks, the rise of Millennials is assuredly bad news.

Which picks? Well, here are five specific businesses that Millennials are shunning, which could cause a lot of pain for investors over the long-term if current trends continue.”

If you’re a millennial, do you feel that you’re feeding these industries? Or helping contribute to their decline? 

There Is a Hope


“God views your life the way you view a movie after you’ve read the book.  When something bad happens, you feel the air sucked out of the theater.   Everyone else gasps at the crisis on the screen. Not you. Why? You’ve read the book.  You know how the good guy gets out of the tight spot. God views your life with the same confidence.  He’s not only read your story – he wrote it.  His perspective is different, and his purpose is clear. But God uses struggles to toughen our spiritual skin. When you understand the struggle you understand your purpose. And you understand that there is a strategy in the struggle.” -Lucado

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  • Elisabeth E July 1, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Love this! I am totally a HSP, and had never even heard of that term before! Wow–so practical!! 🙂

    Also, I love the new format you are doing these postings. How are you feeling? I’ve missed your blog updates!

    • Keren July 2, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Me, too, Elisabeth! 🙂 I really loved the practicality of Megan’s post!

      Thanks! I’m starting to feel a little better with nausea and fatigue, and am now trying to avoid flare-ups of SPD that can be pretty painful or leave me unable to walk.