If you have a High-Needs, Super Spirited child, I would love to hear how you balance time with your Not-So-High-Needs, Not-So-Super-Spirited child.
High-Needs: Cedar (17 months)
I-only-THOUGHT-she-was-high-needs: Norah (5 yrs)
I’m really struggling to help Norah with learning activities. Honestly, I’m struggling to simply feed, snuggle, and talk with Norah. Cedar takes a measly one hour nap. When can I create space for art or literacy?
Cedar is so very large. Her spirit, that is. She does everything loudly. Her scream could break glass. She is delightful. And incredibly draining and demanding.
I’ve tried putting Cedar in her highchair with playdoh, paints, crayons while Norah and I work. She cannot tolerate restraint and screams until she wiggles her way out or I take her out. When I put Norah at our dining room table to do a project, Cedar climbs Norah’s chair and becomes a destructive force.
I’m discouraged. I’m frankly deflated about the prospect of homeschool. The idea seems impossible to me.
Cedar is 17 months. I know it is a tough phase. Tell me what to expect, experienced mamas and papas of high-needs kids. I need to know. Or give me ideas to survive.