The word that distinguishes spirited children from other children is more. They are normal children who are more intense, persistent, sensitive, perceptive, and uncomfortable with change than other children. Spirited children are the Super Ball in a room full of rubber balls. Other kids bounce three feet off the ground. Every bounce for a spirited child hits the ceiling. It’s difficult to describe what it is like to be the parent of a spirited child. The answer keeps changing; it depends on the day, even the moment. How does one describe the experience of sliding from joy to exasperation in seconds, ten times a day? How does one explain the “sense” at eight in the morning that this will be a good day or a dreadful one?
Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Ed.D., is the founder of the Spirited Child and Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles workshops. She is also the best-selling author of the books Raising Your Spirited Child, Raising Your Spirited Child Workbook; Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles;and Sleepless in America: Is Your Child Misbehaving or Missing Sleep. Books will be available throughout the day and a book signing will follow the program.