The Sensitive Ones

Healing and Understanding Your Child's Mental Health

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Pub Date 12 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 12 Apr 2022

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"Stop trying to fix me." Years into her daughter Ellie's mental health journey, this statement stopped Heather Nardi in her tracks.

Ellie was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and spent years in traditional treatment with prescription medications, therapy, and outpatient and inpatient facilities.

But she wasn't getting better. And Heather intuitively knew there had to be another way.

What Heather discovered was life-changing: her child's symptoms that were unsuccessfully treated as a disorder were―in fact―traits of an empath and highly sensitive person (HSP). And they were traits that Heather herself shared.

Now a speaker and life coach known as "The Empath Mama," Heather Nardi is a fierce advocate for other families shifting the story from "disorder" to "trait."

Inside this parenting advice book for the highly sensitive child and empath, find:

- an introduction to HSP (highly sensitive person) and empath characteristics and why they are commonly misdiagnosed as mental illness,

- parenting tips for avoiding frustration and stress by embracing sensitivity as a gift,

- coping skills for overwhelm and overstimulation, like routines, space for quiet time, and creative outlets,

- how to advocate for your child by becoming an expert in their needs, and

- holistic health pathways like diet, animal therapy, mindfulness, and spiritual practices.

Understanding and acceptance can heal the past and present. The Sensitive Ones is an honest first-hand account of how one mother learned to embrace her and her daughter's sensitivity so they could both live healthy, empowered lives.

Fans of The Highly Sensitive Child and Sensitive is the New Strong will feel empowered as parents to their highly sensitive child. 


BIO:

Author, speaker, coach, and Empath Mama Heather Nardi dedicates her career to supporting highly sensitive and empath moms in living healthy, empowered lives. She draws from her extensive education as a Holistic Life Coach and spiritual practitioner to create specialized tools and programs for sensitive mothers. Her writing has appeared in The Highly Sensitive Refuge, Thrive Global, Elephant Journal, and Medium.

DESCRIPTION:

"Stop trying to fix me." Years into her daughter Ellie's mental health journey, this statement stopped Heather Nardi in her tracks.

Ellie was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder...


A Note From the Publisher

Heather is available for interviews, contributed articles, guest posts, Q&As, and expert commentary.

Heather is available for interviews, contributed articles, guest posts, Q&As, and expert commentary.


Advance Praise

“Any parent who has wondered: is it okay to trust my intuition and the intuition of my child? look no further than, The Sensitive Ones. You will absolutely love Heather's family journey through strain and heartbreak to self-discovery, trust, and acceptance. A must-read for the highly-sensitive parent raising a highly sensitive child.”

―Kristen Schwartz, MA, CTRC, founder of Realized Empath, author of The Healed Empath, and host of The Realized Empath podcast.  


“Heather Nardi has bravely offered her own parenting experience to illuminate the fault lines in our culture's understanding of and support for sensitive people and sensitive empaths. The support that sensitive children receive is critical for the development of their special gifts. Heather shows us not only what can go wrong but also how to successfully change course so a sensitive child can flower as an adult. She offers many insights, approaches, and tools to make parenting a sensitive child easier. Anyone struggling with parenting a sensitive child can benefit from this book.”

—Maria Hill, Founder, Sensitive Evolution


“Is mental illness what we think it is? Or are the intuitive, sensitive children of today leading us to a higher understanding of ourselves? The Sensitive Ones is a godsend to parents of children who do not fit the mold expected of them. This candid account of a mother and daughter’s heart-wrenching journey through the mental health system not only has a happy ending; it gifts the reader with a surprisingly empowering perspective of childhood mental illness.”

—Kyra Mesich, PsyD, author of The Strength of Sensitivity


“A must read for any parent of a sensitive child who wants to understand them deeply and feel supported by a fellow parent who has walked that same path. Deeply moving and holds nothing back.”

—Jen Harrison, Author of children’s book Just As You Are and Parenting Coach 

“Any parent who has wondered: is it okay to trust my intuition and the intuition of my child? look no further than, The Sensitive Ones. You will absolutely love Heather's family journey through...


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Parenting a sensitive child isn't easy, and Heather Nardi hits the nail on the head with her book The Sensitive Ones. I always love to read about how to better advocate for my children, and learning about helping to advocate and utilize holistic health to combat anxiety in children. Great read.

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My daughter is highly sensitive so I really enjoyed reading this book and getting more tips and strategies for helping her feel more content.

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I am so thankful that Heather Nardi chose to share her experiences and those of her family in this poignant and honest book. Her daughter was diagnosed with a mental illness at 8 years old and she first sought to help via the route of mainstream medicine. However, with her steady decline after years of being medicated, with often terrifying side effects, she felt compelled to try a different approach. She began to focus on first addressing her own childhood traumas and current issues, which led to understanding her child better. Learning more about highly sensitive empathetic people, she realized that her and her daughter both fit the description. This knowledge played a key role in how she changed how she approached parenting a gifted and “different” child.

After her daughter told her she wanted to get off all medication she started looking into more holistic approaches. What I loved about this book was that Nardi was not pushy at all with her views. So many books nowadays are either extremely pro-medicine or the opposite-trying to shove holistic practices down your throat as the be all end all. This is not that. Nardi simply explains how she tried a number of different things and what worked for her family specifically. I appreciated that she was very aware that every person is different with different and ever changing needs. Personally, a lot of the things she wrote about really resonated with me. Finding a balance between spiritual, mental and emotional well being and the different ways you can do that. She emphasized how helpful shadow work, meditation, Reiki and essential oils helped her. I also enjoyed the connections she made between empaths sometimes being more prone to experience psychic abilities or seeing flutters from the other side. While I understand some people may scoff at these types of ideas I believe there is a need for a balance between logical and spiritual emotional views. All in all, this book brought me joy and made me feel optimistic about my ability to stop the cycle of generational trauma within my own family.

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Overall this is a powerful testimony of a mother and her family history as she recounts her struggle with her daughter's mental health challenges. Her daughter is considered an "empath", a term not always used or understood, yet the premise of this book.

The mother describes how her daughter's struggles were misunderstood by the inconsistent medical system. I can relate and appreciate the bottom line discussions of reminding us what is important (family), with actionable ways to advocate for ourselves in effort to avoid the codependent realm.

I do appreciate most of the spiritual discussion, though admittedly believe the granular level of talk about crystals and essential oils, etc. is a bit deeper than I'd like, and to me detracts from the read. I understand that's my opinion, and I understand the value for the author.

I appreciate and learned much from the discussion of "empathy" and "highly sensitive" children. Further, this has sparked me too look into some other books that she uses as a reference to continue this discussion.

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The sensitive ones by Heather Nardi is an emotional read which digs into a mothers journey of supporting her empathic daughter. This book is brimming with heartfelt writing which I fell in love with within the first few pages of this book.
I have my own experiences with mental health difficulties, and could resonate to the author’s daughter, Ellie on a deep level. It soon became apparent how similar my own life has been thus far, when compared to Ellie’s. Reading this book and about the author's experience, gave me the interesting point of view of those surrounding myself: What is their experience like living with me, a person who is mentally ill? Heather Nardi excels at showcasing her perspective as the mother of Ellie in this book.

This book has a definite balance between experience and knowledge, with some of the book dipping into the author's experiences, and some delving into key tips for readers trying to support themselves or their emotional children.
I also think that this book does an excellent job at discussing science with spirituality using a sensitive tone, through acknowledgement of medicine as a tool for helping those with mental illness, but also through sharing holistic healing options.

This is a well written book which combines the perspectives of a daughter with mental illness but also everyone around her as well. Furthermore I liked that the sibling point of view was shown in the more practical side of the book.
Overall I think this book is an explorative read about empaths, highly sensitive individuals and also those who have increased emotions. I believe that many can benefit from reading this: those in a similar situation and for those who feel or wish to be more spiritually aligned in general. Thankyou to Netgalley, Heather Nardi and Wise Ink Creative Publishing for the DRC!

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This is a must-have resource to help one improve mental health, resiliency, and live a more full and happy life. It is full of great strategies, advice, and easy to implement ideas. This is one I'll return to again and again. Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.

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