Highly sensitive 8yr old boy
Can anybody please give me some ideas on how to help my very sensitive 8yr old son. I was sensitive as a child but told "not to be so silly". I am very aware of his feelings and his enormous need for approval. He is not a fussy child and vary rarely cries, unless he feels as though he has "let somebody down". It seems as though he spends all his time trying to seek approval and gives himself such a hard time. If he makes the smallest mistake he will hit himself on the head and say " I am so stupid!". Obviously this is not encouraged and my husband and I do not use the word stupid. If we try to praise him he cannot readily accept it. He continually critisies himself and his actions and as a mother I am now at my wits end. My hub and I did have some discussions with a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Worker which initially helped by putting some coping strategies in place for him with his anxieties, but he is approaching change of school. He internalises all his worries and has discussions far above his appropriate age. He struggles at school because I presume he is so busy worrying about everybody else that he cannot concentrate. This is just the tip of the iceberg! I just wish sometimes he could be the same as other "naughty boys" if that makes sense! ANY advice would be very gratefully received.