Tips for Parenting Children Who Prefer Perceiving
Parenting Based On Personality Type
What you need to know & do to support the child that
approach goals through the Perceiving preference
According to Carl Jung, father of personality type, Perceiving Children approach goals and complete tasks through the Perceiving preference.
Characteristics of the child that prefers Perceiving:
- Value flexibility
- Like to keep choices open & may delay making decisions
- Feel restrictive by rules & can be easily forgotten
- Deadlines provide the stimulus for effective things to emerge
- Enjoys change & spontaneity & Act spontaneously
- Become bored with too much sitting or desk work
- Enjoy the process of doing something more than the finished product
- Work and play simultaneously. Try to make work fun
- Adapt well to change
- May start too many projects at once & have trouble finishing them
- Poor at managing time
Tips for Parenting Children Who Prefer Perceiving:
- Give time for moving about. Become bored & unfocused with too much sitting or desk work. (Play “Horse” using spelling words)
- Shorten their deadlines. Deadlines create a stimulus for ideas to emerge.
- Create a plan, but keep it loose or in a framework so that they don’t become stressed by the restriction.
- Allow flexibility in the plan. (That does Not mean adjust the rules of the home)
- Set a limit on how many projects they work on at one time. But allow them to start more than one. May start too many projects at once & have trouble finishing them
- Need help managing time. Will need coaching on how to do this, without stifling their natural tendencies.
- Have as few rules as possible. Rules are seen as barriers, rather guidelines
- Get an agreement on what the task should be completed and when. Then leave the room and allow the child to achieve the task in their own style. It will be easier on the parent and the child, especially when they differ in preferences
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Michele Burch Reid, MS, founder of LCI, is an Organizational Effectiveness & Personal Development Consultant and Coach. Michele has a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, as well as several certifications. She helps clients create overall satisfaction & potential by tapping into their natural strengths with Personality Type, Emotional Intelligence Training, Biofeedback & other Brain-based tools. Michele’s philosophy is that when you discover what inspires you, you can more easily inspire and lead others. Whether that is in the board room, the classroom, or the family room.