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Understand Your Kid -- Finally!

by Astrology.com October 01, 2009 07:54 PM EST
Understand Your Kid -- Finally!
The stars can offer valuable insights into even the youngest of minds. Scan these astrological profiles to better understand your little ones, and how to best fulfill their needs.

With an Aries kid around, you can expect lots of action and activity in your midst. Don't expect this tot to sit still with a rattle -- it just won't happen. The Aries kid is one who makes a lot of noise and will definitely be heard. As a Fire sign, the little Ram will be dynamic and always up to something.

Will this be a tough kid to deal with? More than likely. To that end, parents would be wise to show this child how to play with others early on. Things such as sharing won't come naturally -- they must be learned. Even where siblings are concerned, the Aries child won't be a walk in the park.

What the Aries kid may want most of all, however, is attention, so parents be well-advised. In a play setting, the Aries tot will easily get the attention of others on their own. This kid will also start many things early, the better to get to the finish line in a hurry.

The Aries child can be quite independent but enjoys interacting with others. This kid is physical and craves constant stimulation. They will be ready from day one!

Parents of a Taurus tot are going to have to be very sensitive to this kid's tactile needs -- loving caresses and a tender touch are what the Taurus kid lives for. Things to keep in mind are providing a room and bed that are neither too hot nor too cold, food that is tasty (a budding gourmand has arrived!), soothing sounds and whimsical toys. As Taurus rules the Second House, the House of Possessions, this kid's playthings will be very important.

When it comes to the learning curve, the Taurus kid is not in a hurry to grasp new concepts. This tot will learn things at their own pace and be unresponsive to pressure, yet will persevere in the end. In light of this, a gentle manner to get this kid to react and respond is the sensible course of action.

Attached to family, the Taurus kid will enjoy having parents and siblings in close proximity. You can consider this kid a people person in general; furthermore, they're likely to control the play circle where that well-known Taurean stubbornness will reveal itself.

The Taurus kid wants to be touched, will revel in entertaining toys and, as an Earth sign, will want to have both feet firmly planted on the ground.

Eager to get going (this kid probably kicked up a storm in the womb!), the Gemini child is likely to be talking early and making a mark from day one. Curious, easily bored and quite the explorer, this tot is one who needs lots of stimuli in order to be happy. Since those communication skills are top-notch, the smart thing to do with this kid is bring them into a playgroup as soon as possible. (At home, siblings can easily fill this function.)

It's never too early for the Gemini kid to interact with others, and they will also learn their lessons early on. The Gemini tot is definitely not clingy. Quite the contrary -- this is one kid who's happy to march to their own drummer, gallivanting about and being amused in the process. Surprisingly, when this kid is not engaged in chatting or playing with others, there could be a certain emotional detachment. For that reason, it's best to keep things uncomplicated and easy for them to understand, the better to maintain harmony.

The Gemini kid is the Great Communicator of the playgroup, has a short attention span (so keep 'em busy!), and is one clever and creative tot.

As a Water sign, the Cancer kid is likely to be more emotional than most. In a word: tears! This kid will probably cry a fair bit, so holding and touching are of paramount importance -- anything to achieve comfort.

This is a kid who needs to feel secure and will easily pick up any bad vibes in the household. Therefore, arguing in the presence of this child should be kept to a minimum. As Cancer is the sign of the Mother, the elements of nurturing, family and mood swings (think sensitivity and emotions) are highlighted. Also, because Cancer is the sign of Memory, the Cancer kid will retain memories from the past, both good and bad. This is a child who could get lost in the supermarket for two minutes and forever remember it as a sign of rejection from the mother! For this reason and others, this tot needs to be made to feel secure, especially within the family unit (family will always be more important to the Cancer kid than friends).

The somewhat reticent Cancer kid will nonetheless surprise Mom and Dad by being fussy about food, so be sure to please that palate. The Cancer kid is familial, must feel protected, and with any kind of luck, will learn to swim like a fish!

The Leo kid is, above all else, loud! Forget sleep for the foreseeable future, Mom and Dad. This is a kid who must be heard and will certainly let everyone in their midst know what they want.

The center of attention is the only place for this tot. With a Leo kid as part of the plan, family life will revolve around this magnetic child. The Leo kid adores an audience, so it should come as no surprise that many of these tots go on to become stars of stage and screen. This youngster is auditioning early on! To that end, this is a child who is also competitive, so perhaps they're prepping for that dog-eat-dog Hollywood whirl from day one.

When in a playgroup or any social situation, the Leo kid will make friends easily and will thrive on the interaction, since being onstage is where they want to be. Even so, they will have a hard time sharing things such as roles, responsibilities, even toys. The King or Queen of everything they see, they will be the one making the rules.

The Leo kid is the leader of the pack, loads of fun and will expect to live in the most comfortable of kingdoms. Pity the parent who won't play along!

For better or for worse, the Virgo kid is plenty fussy. How else do you expect these kids to grow up to be perfectionists? Get used to it: The Virgo kid can be quite particular and needs to have a routine. This kid will not respond well to lots of change. The Virgo kid can also be picky about food, so keep it simple at mealtimes. Aside from these peculiarities, this tot doesn't require a lot. A clean bedroom and simple clothing are sure to keep this kid dry-eyed.

The Virgo kid is quite good at amusing themselves for hours with the most basic of games, feeling very little need for the attention of others. The Virgo child also wants to talk early on, probably earlier than most of the other babies around. From an early age, this kid can also be seen as mother's little helper, as the need to serve others is a strong Virgo trait. They also won't make a fuss over their accomplishments, since by nature these kids are a bit shy.

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The Virgo kid is fine on their own but also happy to help others, loves cleanliness, and can easily keep themselves amused. All this adds up to a pretty good -- albeit picky! -- kid.

The Libra kid will revel in the attention of others from the get-go. Passive yet charming, people can't help by fawn all over this sun-kissed child with the bright smile. Whatever the case may be, this child is possessed of the most endearing qualities.

Even-tempered and sweet in disposition, the Libra kid loves to have others around and would much rather be with company than alone. In a group, this child will mix quite well with others, displaying the very Libran qualities of sociability and diplomacy. The Libra tot is a born mediator, perhaps prepping early on for a career as a judge.

Loving fancy touches, the Libra child is unlikely to take well to hand-me-downs, especially girls! These are kids who love to feel pretty, and the best clothes are a big step in that direction. Comfort is also important to this child, so clean, pressed clothes and a snappy room are an added plus. Sense a bit of control here? Well, the Libra child does know how to be manipulative, although they manage to do it in the nicest way. The Libra kid likes to socialize and is a splendid (and even-handed) addition to any play group.

When a Scorpio kid enters the world, all eyes will focus on them. And that's exactly how it will be for a long time to come, as this kid must be the center of attention. To that end, this is quite the manipulative little tot, sucking up energy from everyone around.

The Scorpio kid is also a bit mysterious, making it hard to figure out what's wrong when the crying starts. So often, it's something seething below the surface that will be very hard to draw out of this child.

You must also consider power struggles when thinking of the Scorpio baby, as they will expect that Mom, Dad and everyone else will fit into their schedule and plans. The flip side is, this kid is quite clear on what they want and how to get that message across.

One important note: Scorpio babies loathe lounging in dirty diapers, so change them often! Many times, this can be the simple source of their discomfort. The Scorpio kid should be watched closely for that reason. Someone will generally be watching this child, though, as the Scorpio tot enjoys a crowd, especially one where it can lead the show. The Scorpio kid is clever, wants things on their own terms and will know how to get it.

That happy-go-lucky child in the play circle is bound to be a Sagittarius. These carefree tykes march to their own drummer, and yes, they will walk early. They'll also be beating a path to everywhere, since they love to explore. Independent and free-spirited, it's imperative that the Sagittarius kid have lots of room to roam. Confined spaces are a disaster for these wandering souls, so they'll simply flail about until they can get out.

The best news is that the Sag kid won't have to be entertained every second of the day. That said, be sure to keep tabs on them in public places, as they could easily wander away.

Above all, Sagittarian youngsters love to explore, whether it's a new toy or a new friend. This kid is a sponge, soaking it all up with relish. Thankfully, this child will know how to make friends and can be counted on to have lots of them. They love being part of a group, whether it's at home or out in the big, brave world. And it's that world they want to see, which may be why it's so easy for this kid to hit the road. Whether by train, plane or the high seas, the Sag kid will travel better than the rest. The Sagittarius kid needs freedom, has a curious mind and is forever on a journey of discovery. Happy trails!

The Capricorn kid has a plan from day one and will definitely stick to it. A bit on the serious side, this is a child who is disciplined, methodical and highly organized to boot.

Is this really a child? Well, yes and no. Not adventurously inclined, the Capricorn kid seems almost dull, but they are simply taking time with things, learning lessons slowly so as to learn them well. This child enjoys feeling important from an early age, so don't hesitate to give them responsibilities. They also understand things better as they get older and appreciate the merits of a reward system, and this youngster will happily live with that precept in mind.

When it comes to learning, the Cap kid shouldn't be rushed, preferring to follow their own pace of discovery. Early lessons will be organizational, which is how this tot's mind operates. Organizing the playgroup will be play indeed.

As with everything, the Cap kid will be hyper-focused and determined. Even speaking will be undertaken with great effort and diligence, leading many Cap babies to bypass babbling and go straight to chatter. The Capricorn kid prefers to play it safe, enjoying the efforts of a job well done.

Is the Aquarius kid lonely? Well, it may certainly seem that way, but appearances can be deceiving. This child is a bit detached and even aloof, so solo time may be exactly what they want, even when crying. This kid would rather work out that hissy fit alone, which begs the question: Could this tot use some socialization? Probably. Since this won't be the Aquarius kid's natural state, the company of others will become an acquired taste, with much prodding from Mom and Dad.

The Aquarius kid does have much they can teach others, since this child will pick things up early and differently. Parents, siblings and friends will quickly grow to expect the unexpected from the Aquarius tot. The companionship of friends and others will be quite important to the Aquarius kid, even if they don't know how to show it. For that reason, this is a pattern of behavior that should be encouraged.

While the Aquarius child can be stubborn at times and certainly into their own stuff, often their mind is engaged in creative pursuits, and those should be nurtured as much as possible. The Aquarius kid is a talker, very bright, always thinking and actually enjoying the company of others, despite appearances. Work with this kid, and they will shine!

Seeming like a bit of a lost soul, the Pisces kid will get emotional and start crying for no apparent reason. It's part of this timid kid's personality, along with the tendency to carry things inside rather than push them out. Expect a whimper rather than a shriek.

The Pisces kid will pick up on the family's vibe, sensing arguments and other familial disruptions and being profoundly affected by them. This fits in with this child's very caring, almost selfless persona, a quality which manifests itself in things like giving away toys. For this reason, Mom and Dad need to see to it that their Pisces tot doesn't get pushed around in the play group. Extra-sensitive by nature, this child also benefits from an added dose of attention, whether it comes from parents or siblings.

With a wandering mind -- this is the sign of the dreamer, after all -- the Pisces kid will find it easy to get lost in thoughts, almost blocking out the real world. It's safe to say that this kid shouldn't be entrusted with many details -- they will simply forget them! That dream state is one which should be monitored at night, as the Pisces kid will be greatly distressed by bad dreams. The Pisces kid would rather give than receive, is dreamy by nature and possesses the fluidity attached to a Water sign.
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