There are 9 different temperament traits in children all parents should be aware of

What is temperament and why is it an import factor for a parent to understand?

As a parent it is only natural to want to show your child off to everyone you meet but sometimes there is a hesitant reluctance to do so.  This is because you are not sure how they will react.  Some children will politely smile, others may be flippant, or some may very well just withdraw shyly.
As we are all different we all react differently in certain situations.  It does not necessarily matter is the parent is outgoing it does not automatically mean their child will be too.
Temperament is defined as being the way a person or child expresses themselves or responds to situations.  Their behavioral style!
When developing parenting skills and communication channels with a child it is important that a parent, guardian, care giver or teacher understand a child temperament to best deal with them.

The 9 temperament characteristics

Sensory threshold

This is the various levels of stimulation a child requires to get a response from them.  Children with a low sensory threshold tend to be sensory avoidant or sensory sensitive.  In these cases, most children become overwhelmed, irritated or really upset by even a small amount of sensory input.  Children with a high sensory threshold tend to seek out sensory input and it is usually displayed in hyperactive type behavior until their ideal threshold is reached.

Activity level This is the scale of the child’s motor activity which is broken down into Gross motor skills set and Fine motor skill set.  This determines where the child is at in their development stage.  The levels will vary from child to child.


This is how the child expresses their feelings such as sadness, anger or joy.  It is measured in the level of energy by which they do it.

This is how well a child responds to changes in various aspects of their lives, routine, etc.


This is the child’s natural pattern of various every day bodily functions or body rhythms such as eating, sleeping, etc.  Some children fall into a regular pattern whilst others do not and seem to resist consistent schedules if laid down by the parent.  Children who have irregular body patterns can be quite challenging, but it is very important to find a pattern they can fit into.

The is the trait that shows the child’s ability to stick to the task at hand even when they run into difficulties

Is how easy it is for the child to become distracted and loose concentration and focus.

Approach or withdrawal

This is the child’s first response to people, different or new places or situations.

This is measured on the child’s normal disposition – are they cranky, sad, sullen, happy or serious.

It is important to remember when assessing a person’s temperament that there are no bad or good traits.  Everyone is different so is each aspect of their individual personality, these all fit together to form a person’s character.  That makes us all have our own unique ways of expressing ourselves.  Understanding this gives us the ability to communicate more effectively with each other.