In spite of these widely accepted categories of temperament, your child's behavioral style isn't entirely one-dimensional. At least nine elements make up her personality. Experts use these dimensions in categorizing a child as easy, challenging, or slow to warm up.
It helps to think of these parameters as straight lines with extremes at either end, and with most children falling somewhere in the middle of each. These elements provide your child with a truly unique personality, and when you understand it, you can plan her days in ways that will keep you both content and on an even keel. Here are the factors to consider:
You may have spent much of your child's first year adjusting to someone who differed from your expectations. Or you may have spent it delighting in the unexpected discoveries this new person brought you every day, or enjoying the infant who seemed to meet and exceed all your expectations. But that baby is now a 1-year-old, and his personality is clearer than ever.
Temperament is stable. Don't try to change her; respect her singular personality. By showing her that she is just the child you wanted, you will help her grow up to be proud of the unique individual she is.