Sensitive Intense Positive Boys

The last morning before I left for Whistler, I called for Jackson to come downstairs.  I called him once.  I called him twice.  There was no answer and no boy descending the stairs.

Every parent knows, if there is no answer, than something must be up.  It’s the silence that is more worrying than any other noise that you could possibly imagine.  So as a concerned and slightly annoyed parent, I scaled the stairs two at a time.  I made it in record time to Jackson’s room.

There I found Jackson standing on the top of his step stool looking at the wall above his dresser.  He was looking at pictures of himself as a baby.  He was looking fondly at the pictures, with a slight smile on his face.  Then I noticed that Jackson was crying.  I was surprised.

Me: “Jackson, why are you crying?”

Jackson: “I’m not crying Mommy.  It’s just drops. I’m happy Mommy.  It’s not tears.  It’s just drops.”

He then stepped off the stool and gave me the biggest hug.  I gave him the biggest hug back.  I told him that I loved him and he told me that he loved me too.  I informed the Man, who then felt bad that we were both getting annoyed at his dilly-dallying earlier.

I wear contacts, so I guess that is where he got the “drops” comment from as he has asked me why I was crying while I put in my contacts.

I told him it was just drops.

First Day at the Cabin.

Jackson's First Day at Home

Do you have a sensitive boy? How do you nurture your sensitive boy while still nurturing their obvious active boyish side?



  1. My little guy is sensitive too 🙂 Sometimes it is hard to get him to open up about his feelings. I just keep giving him love and try to create an environment where he feels safe to talk about whatever is on his mind. Easier said than done, and it takes patience for me to recognize it is on his time. Have a great day!

  2. That is the sweetest story I’ve read today.

  3. I do, I do have a sensitive boy! The hardest thing has been managing his anxiety – lots and lots of talking and reassuring and not letting things go by without talking about them. The active stuff took care of itself. He went from being a very physically timid kid (broke his femur trying to kick a soccer ball when he was two and a half) to being the number one player on his competitive baseball team. Not a bad hockey player either, although a couple of years ago if a player on the other team fell down he would skate over and try to help them up. At least you know you’ll never have a bully on your hands – they’re too empathetic.

    • Naomi Jesson says:

      So true Allison. Jackson is more concerned about another child being upset, to the point where he will get upset that the child is upset. There display so much more empathy than other children their age. 🙂

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