Tactile children are innately active. They will need to jump on every piece of furniture, touch everything and run and hug everyone they know, all without realizing they have dirty hands. Their zest for life can be a breath of fresh air for some hosts, especially those who are tactile themselves or have had tactile children. But it can also be over whelming for the other more structured and reserved senses. Make sure to give your child time to run and play in the garden or playground just before arriving — this will help to remove some excited energy. Once inside your host’s home explain the rules gently but firmly. Tactile children understand clear directives, especially when given with some form of touch. It could be sitting on your knee, or holding their hands. Once this foundation has been set, you will still need to remind them, but at least it will be from a place of understanding.
Parents can sometimes be surprised by how different their auditory child behaves when they arrive at their destination. Often their child has been talking up a storm, asking questions, describing all the fun things they will be doing when they get to the home of the friend or relative, only to have them become quiet and reserved, barely saying hello and being moody. Think of this as them feeling overwhelmed. Talking is what makes the world logical to an auditory child, and often they talk to organize and explore their thoughts and feelings not just to show excitement. To the auditory child, their thinking world is more logical than reality, and they can find themselves at a loss for words in order to understand their new environment; but never fear as soon as they feel more comfortable their vocal expression will return.