Parenting Your Kid's Personality Type
The moment your kid is born, you begin to wonder what type of person she will grow up to be. Before long, you may notice that she smiles at strangers and is generally pretty mellow. As your kid grows, she'll begin to express her personality in more obvious ways—for instance, crying for hours on end.
Just because kids are born with their own distinct personality doesn't mean that parents don't make a difference. How you respond to your kid's innate nature ends up, in turn, shaping their personality (that's nature and nurture!)
- Adaptability: Kids with low adaptability might freak out when you tell them it's time to stop playing and get ready for bed. Highly adaptable kids have no problem with transitions.
- Disposition: Some kids are just born cranky! Seriously—just like grown-ups, kids can have either a generally sunny or grouchy disposition.
- Sensitivity: There are kids who wail when they hear the phone ring and others who barely notice a fire engine's siren. Some babies cry if their diapers are wet, while others don't mind sitting in their own poop for hours!
- Intensity: Intense kids let you know—often quite loudly— if they're uncomfortable. Not-so-intense kids are generally pretty chill and easy-going.