"There you were, waving your heart at me..."
Compiled and adapted from Linda Goodman's Sun Signs
The sunny nature of Sagittarius child seeks out comradeship at an early age. They're open-hearted and desperately need to be liked for all they are. If you ignore these children, you will break their hearts. You would do well to wear your baby and do a lot of snuggling.
In fact, leave them alone as little as possible in the early months. They'll sleep much sounder next to your heart or at least inside a bassinet that is perched right by your side while you're making dinner. There are many wraps and baby carriers on the market to choose from. The familiar sounds of mama and papa will lull your Sag baby to sleep faster than any lullaby box. Denying a Sagittarius baby close human contact can cause them to withdraw and become quite sarcastic as adolescents. Many will choose to adopt a security substitute: a doll, a blanket, or a thumb to replace whatever they feel is missing but they'd much prefer you. Sagittarius children may grow up to be somewhat more removed from family but they first need to experience the security of home to grow into their independence.
They have a never-grow-up attitude!
Sagittarius kids are informal as youngsters and they never outgrow it. Boys are happy go lucky little adventurers, sure to find a pond or a forest to wander through. Barefoot, whistling and waving to everyone along the way.
Girls may go through a tomboy stage but resist the urge to tell your Sag tween to "act like a lady." Her idea of what makes a lady just might be different than yours - and that's okay!
If these kids are anything - it's brutally honest ! Your authority is not above the frank investigation of a Sagittarius child.
If your demands are unreasonable, they will not submit and become sweet, obedient little creatures no matter how loud you scream. If your request is backed by logic and facts, they'll smile and give into your every whim (well, almost!).
But wave your parental authority finger at him and he'll furiously shake his defiance and obstinacy finger right back at you. "Because I said so," does not work with the Sagittarius kids.
Sagittarius children demand respect and it's backed up by a load of Jupiter obstinacy. The upside is that they'll return it, if you play by your own rules.
When you are right or need to make a point for their safety, you'll need to make it clear and obvious that this time it's different and give a good solid reason behind your demands.
It's always a good idea to admit your mistakes. It teaches responsibility and reminds children that no one is expected to be perfect.
If you do something stupid, these are the kids that will pat you on the back and say "it's okay!" And the added benefit is that you'll be teaching them to admit their own wrongs.
You can usually trust this child, as long as you let them know it is expected. And as long as they live up to their end of the bargain, they won't stand for rigid curfews or unjustified punishments. Make sure your rules are based on concern for their safety and not social mores.
The same goes for judging their friends. Make sure you use no other measure than true value. Your Sagittarius teen will not appreciate narrow-mindedness or prejudice.
They will balk at social customs and traditions, so don't be surprised if your teen tells you he would rather spend Christmas Eve at the arcade than decorating the tree with you.
There is a strong desire to be free of family ties and your grown Sagittarius children may neglect to call or write for long periods of time, when they finally leave home - at 18.
Should he leave a house of intolerance, bigotry and other limited thinking, then you can be sure to only see him on holidays if you are lucky, that is, if he doesn't completely replace you with a circle of friends who become his new family.
The Sagittarius child is usually a fine student with a multi-faceted intelligence and enjoys learning. They won't cheat as long as they are trusted not to. Otherwise they may think it doesn't matter.
The more progressive the education - the better.
Dull, boring routine lectures and school schedules are sure to dampen the spark of learning in a Sagittarius student. They can't sit still for long, so hands-on activities will make them happy, enliven their already fanciful imaginations and keep their internal motivation intact. Severe, intolerant or unimaginative teachers or curriculums are sure to make your Sag run for the nearest GED door or choose the workforce over college.
Romances may bloom early. Boys will need extra tutoring on life matters - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Restless teenagers, girls may not be serious in their love affairs. Both sexes will love to spend money. Teach them about the economy and saving and abundance. Better to let them learn the value of their dollar by not subsidizing their allowance after they've spent it all.
They may have a deeply spiritual or religious side and as long as religion is not demanded absolutely, they will lead a life of seeking the higher truths. Sagittarius kids may show an interest in missions of faith or service positions such as the Peace Corps, which will take them to faraway places. Their beliefs will certainly change as they age. They are eternally searching and as they gain knowledge and experience, it will surely influence their path.
Teach them early on about having a cause or area of special interest. Supporting something is necessary for a Sagittarius. They'll not only develop a world responsibility but also learn how to put their idealism to work.
Tips to best handle your Sagittarius tot or teen.
The day will begin and end with a question, as nothing gets by a Sagittarius. This is the child who can hurt the heart of even the most well-intentioned parent. But if you commit to raising your Sagittarian with love, tolerance, respect for all while supporting his dreams and having faith in his character, then he'll return home to share all his adventures with you.