"The sensitive boy who reacts deeply to stimuli and exhibits emotional sensitivity is perfectly normal. However, there's something wrong with a society that shames males who do not act in a tough, aggressive, and emotionally repressed manner – especially when such a significant portion of the population simply isn't cut out for, or comfortable with, these behaviors. When sensitive boys do not conform to the stereotypical 'boy code' and instead express compassion, gentleness, and vulnerability, they are frequently ostracized and humiliated."Because highly sensitive kids are often misunderstood, they are susceptible to mistreatment from peers, which can lead to anxiety and low self-esteem. The more I’ve learned about highly sensitive people, the more I’ve realized I definitely fall into that twenty percent of the population, as does my firstborn. So, I’m determined to nurture that sensitivity and cultivate the gift it can be, while safeguarding him from the anxiety it has the potential to bring with it.
Maybe if we are surrounded by beauty, someday we will become what we see. Anyone can start a conflict. It’s harder yet to disregard it. I’d rather see the world from another angle. We are everyday angels. Be careful with me, ‘cause I’d like to stay that way.
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