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.