Today’s Sensitive Children

Children today are more sensitive emotionally, physically and kids and tech-315x236psychically. They are concerned about everyone and everything, tend to suffer more dietary problems and just how do they know what mood you’re in before you even enter a room!

When you consider they are also coping with unprecedented rates of change in technology, population dynamics and culture, we must take a look at how we parent and educate them. Most of them will be employed in jobs that don’t yet exist and many of them will be solving problems that we aren’t yet aware of, using technology that in some cases, frankly intimidates us.

After countless hours with hundreds of truly remarkable families I have come to realise that:

  • Every child has “special needs”
  • Every child has inner wisdom, and
  • Every child has something to teach us

What if, instead of seeing your child as rude and aggressive, you see someone who is floundering emotionally, desperate for more support and struggling to express themselves? What if you see the potential your children are trying to demonstrate and embrace it with all your heart.

It takes a special parent/carer/teacher to set aside their inbuilt reactions, preconceived ideas and socially acceptable norms to be able to truly hear the depth of wisdom in our children. Some parents feel they are failures even though they are doing the best they can with what they know. It’s been said before ‘children don’t come with a manual’. These days it would need to be online and interactive.

We need to empower our children to experience themselves and then they will be confident to take responsibility for themselves. All parents want the best for their children… maybe in this new world we’re going to need to spend a little more time listening to them and learning from them if we are going to truly help them discover their magnificence.

About the Author

Alan Wilson holds numerous coaching certifications with a specialisation in the field of parenting and is a member of the International Coach Federation. He has written a wide variety of programmes, the popular self help book “Listen to your children... and they will listen to you” to help parents break through the communication barrier and produced a leading edge DVD “Kids Are Really Different These Days” showing how and why we need to review our parenting and education system. Alan founded Develop Your Child (DYC) , to satisfy his passion – to wholistically develop millions of children globally, by using coaching and related techniques. His vision is to develop sustainable self empowerment in children, young people, parents and the professionals working with these groups.


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