What Are Child Temperaments?

Hey Mama, Are you wondering what are child temperaments, what they look like, and why is it important for parents to know? Well, you clicked on the right blog post=)

What are Child Temperaments?

Temperament is the way a baby responds to the world. In other words, temperament is how a child will determine to react to situations, and how they can express and regulate their emotions.

What are the Three Major Types of Temperaments?

Research has shown that there are three distinct categories into which the nine temperament traits fall. These three types of temperaments will reflect different ways that children react to their environment:

  • Easy going/flexible (40%)

  • Spirited/Difficult (10%)

  • Slow Warm/Shy/Cautious (15%)

What Does Easy Going/Flexible Look Like?

Easy Going is characterized by regular bodily functions, a positive approach to new situations, adaptability, a positive mood, and a non-intense reaction to stimuli. Raising children with this type of temperament is relatively easier.

  • Usually doesn't cry unless she is experiencing discomfort

  • Is happy to entertain himself for short periods of time

  • Adjusts quickly to new situations and people

  • Is usually in a good mood and smiles a lot

What Does Spirited/Difficult Look Like?

Spirited/ Difficult is characterized by irregular bodily functions, withdrawal from new situations, slow adaptability, negative mood, and intense reaction. Raising children with this type of temperament is more challenging from the get-go.

  • Has strong reactions to things she does not like

  • Is strong-willed

  • Has difficulty calming herself

  • Demands attention

  • Tests limits, again and again

  • Sleeps lightly or gets up frequently during the night

  • Does not like moving from one activity to another and lets you know it

What Does Slow Warm/Shy/Cautious Look Like?

Slow to warm-up to a child is characterized by low activity level and low intensity of reaction although they also have a tendency to withdraw from new situations, slow adaptability, and somewhat negative mood. Raising children with this type of temperament can be somewhat challenging.

  • Warms up slowly to new situations and people

  • Clings to familiar people

  • Is watchful and cautious

  • Is easily overstimulated

Why Understanding your Child’s Temperament is Important?

Understanding your child’s characteristics of temperament can allow you to understand your child and appreciate their uniqueness. It can also allow you to learn how to help, respond, and handle children to express their preferences, desires, and feelings appropriately.

Here are a few benefits of understanding your child's Temperaments:

  • It helps you create a nurturing and positive environment

  • It helps you anticipate their behavior

  • It helps you respond with empathy

  • It helps you understand your own parenting reactions better

In Conclusion

Temperament is the way children respond to the world. There are three major types of temperaments: Easy going, High Spirited, and Shy. By understanding your child's temperament you are more able to create a nurturing and positive environment.

Remember your child's temperament isn’t a reflection of your parenting skills; by the time your child becomes a school-age child there, temperament has been defined. If you enjoyed this Blog Post, go ahead and comment below and let me know what you thought. If you have a mom friend that might be interested, be sure to share this with her too!