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...
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.
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.
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.
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
Family Relationships: Need play to feel loved
Friends & Social Settings: Naturally friendly
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
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
- 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