What you need to know about
Type 1: The Fun-Loving Child

Primary Connection to the World: Social
Primary Movement: Bouncy and Random
Primary Need: to have fun and happy carers

Often described as...

Active, Agreeable, Animated, Amusing, Bouncy, Bubbly, Busy, Charismatic, Cheerful, Cute, Cute as a button, Energetic, Engaging, Friendly, Frolicking, Fun-loving, Funny, Happy, Light-hearted, Like to be the centre of attention, Little actor, Little ray of sunshine, Never sits still, Outgoing, Pixie, Positive, Random, Smiley, Social, Social butterfly, Smiles at everyone, Talkative

Please don't use these negative labels...

Attention deficit, Daydreamer, Flighty, Hyperactive, Idealist, Irresponsible, Lack of follow through, Messy, Mischievous

Type 1 Children Need...

1. Happiness

Type 1 children want and need you to be happy as often as possible. You will certainly experience stress or down days , but make sure you reassure them they are not responsible for your happiness. Make an effort to be happy in spite of your challenges.

2. Freedom

Type 1 children need freedom to MOVE, to CREATE, to EXPLORE, to INTERACT and to ADAPT. Too much structure boxes them in and represses their true nature.

3. Praise for their Ideas and Creativity

You don't have to make sure they follow through on all their ideas (they have too many) but help them learn to follow through on the ones they feel are most important to them.

4. Encouragement to Live True to Who They Are

Since it is easy for Type 1's to adapt to family and friends, make sure to support them in checking in with themselves to see if they are living true to themselves.

5. Change

Type 1 children grow tired of things being the same. Give them the chance to change things up in their lives - their room, their hairstyle, their toys, or friends. Respect them when they change their minds.

6. Time to have Fun and Let Their Hair Down

Schedule regular times to have fun with your Type 1 child.

7. Laughter

Engage Type 1 children in sharing experiences that help everyone to laugh.

8. Take Them Seriously

Even though they have a light and animated nature, this nature wants to be taken seriously and acknowledged WITHOUT having to become serious! Take their ideas seriously, their lighter feelings seriously, their glass-is-half-full outlook on life seriously! Don't try and get them to take life more seriously by becoming more serious...

9. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

You will experience plenty of times to easily get upset at a Type 1 child for dropping the ball on things, being late, letting their rooms get messy, not turning in homework. Pick and choose what you really need to discipline them for and how you discipline them. Reevaluate how much structure they are trying to adapt to and failing at. Make necessary adjustments so they can create success consistently in their own natural movements.

10. Avoid These Phrases and Judgements

- settle down

- grow up

- you're being silly

- when are you going to be responsible

- okay, that's enough fun

- everything doesn't have to be a game

Tell me more...

Natural gifts: Ideas and hope

Personality Traits: Social and fun

Thought & Feeling Process: Quick and random

Communication: Enthusiastic

Family Relationships: Need play to feel loved

Friends & Social Settings: Naturally friendly

Timeliness: Unstructured

Jobs & Chores: Make chores a game

Money Management: Motivated by fun

Recreational Activities: Imagination is key

Learning Style: Visuals matter

Classroom Behaviour: Teachers pet or class clown

Study Habits: Always changing focus

Challenges: Lack of focus, not enough fun

Payoff: Joy

Physical Development

Learning to Walk: Give then time

Learning to Talk: So social, develop early

Toilet Training: Occasional accidents

Sleeping: Don't want to miss the fun

Starting School: New friends are a plus

Baby Sitting: They warm up

Dating: So many possibilities

High School Experience: social, with a catch

Driving: Quick-minded, maybe distracted

Emotional Development

  • Baby 0 to 18 Months - Need to be validated for their bright, fun-loving nature and to be supported in starting to explore and sense the world around them
  • Toddler 18 Months to 3 Years - Need support in sensing, exploring and doing in the world
  • Pre-school 3 to 6 Years - Coming into their own identity
  • School Age 6 to 12 Years - Need to fit in, working with structure, knowing and learning
  • High School 12 to 18 Years - Separating and creating independence from the family

Tuttle, C. (2012) The Child Whisperer. Live Your Truth Press USA