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Caring for the High Maintenance Child
By Kate Andersen.

Children without a conscience, May, 2017.
Dear Kate:
I really want to ask something about our fourteen-year old daughter who has always had a "high maintenance" temperament.....
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Key Points (continued) :
Notice the times when things are going well. How are you reacting at the times when you and she are feeling good about each other? There are clues there about what the infant or child needs.
Recognize and accept the way the infant really is. If parenting is stressful and your infant doesn't act like the one next door, she may be 'spirited' and need specialized parenting techniques. You may need to learn more about how to parent a spirited child than the parent next door.
   
Recognize your feelings toward the child. It can be isolating to feel that you are frustrated rather than fulfilled as a parent, that you are stressed by parenting rather than energized by it and that you sometimes wish that your child were different. Lots of other parents have these feelings. Find a way to discuss these feelings honestly. It will probably benefit your child also, if you do.
   
 
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