Welcome to the Chinese zodiac for kids and parents!
About the Rabbit Child
So sweet her disposition, so even-tempered and obedient her comportment! The angelic Rabbit child is one of those miraculous tots who can sit quietly in restaurants with adults and occupy herself with books and toys for hours on end — the kind of unicorn-rare child other parents envy! You will get credit you don’t even deserve for your parenting skills by virtue of her precociously decorous qualities.
Ah, but there is a more subterranean factor at work in this child! Adept at masking feelings and intentions, the Rabbit has a keen sense of what adults expect to hear, and deftly and diplomatically maneuvers parents into conforming to her agenda. These children typically get their way, but through subtle navigation, not florid, unseemly displays other children employ to prevail (waterworks, hunger strikes, screaming fits, breath-holding, pitting mom against dad, etc.). Attuned to your personality makeup, she will artfully manipulate the family dynamics (sadly and typically via your weaknesses and blind spots) to engineer the outcome she prefers. And when her tactics backfire and your reprimands rain down on her, she’ll adroitly shed the fallout with a philosophical umbrella of indifference.
Helpful and obedient at home, conforming and well-mannered at school, the Rabbit child will never embarrass or outrage you — in fact, you can rest assured that she will represent the family beautifully in the outside world and will be well-liked and well-regarded in whatever sphere she travels. Public poise can transform into fretfulness and sullenness in the privacy of home occasionally, and the Rabbit child can experience sleep disturbances due to moods and illness. As the sign representing longevity in Chinese mythology, the Rabbit is considered a most providential nativity — the Rabbit child is graced with good fortune and an assurance of happiness in life.
The Rabbit is the very soul of graciousness, possessing queenly manners and a natural sense of discretion. She falls back on civility in all interactions, and is a natural-born diplomat, in any profession she chooses. Rabbits tend to have sharp business acumen, and are assured success and luck in attracting and managing wealth. The definition of decency and amiability in her dealings with others, the Rabbit’s inscrutability masks a very methodical and discerning knack for getting exactly what she wants.
There will be no obstacles to your Rabbit child making friends and influencing people, as she is by nature congenial and peace-loving. Guided emotionally and artistically, her attunement in friendship is warm, if slightly detached.
Best bets: Sheep share the Rabbit’s appreciation for good taste and love of material comforts. Allergic to cloying emotional demands and brutish behavior, the Rabbit finds peaceable companionship with the loyal Dog and the honest Pig. She’ll be less a fan of the vainglorious, critical Rooster and will be averse to the showy, self-involved dramatics of the Tiger.
Amenable to classroom disciplinary policies, the Rabbit child is a dutiful and attentive student who will have the focus and native facility to learn easily. With a natural aptitude for examination and seeing clearly all sides of an issue, the Rabbit makes an effective and intelligent debater, even at a young age. Her accordance of good manners and diplomacy make her a classroom favorite with peers and teachers alike.
The Rabbit’s thoroughness confirms her standing as a good scholar, and she may go on to achieve success in advanced academic settings, seeking the types of disciplines (law, as a great example) that will assure a comfortable and secure existence.
Parenting the Rabbit Child
Miss Congeniality: Though the Rabbit’s natural poise and occasionally inscrutable mask of calm might suggest to you that she is indifferent to being censured, this child is extremely sensitive to criticism and harsh words. On the rare occasion you must discipline your Rabbit child, keep in mind that she is allergic to histrionics and coarseness of manner — you will be assured of making your point if you remain calm, civil, and as unemotional as possible.
Help create a stepping stool from of a stumbling block: The Rabbit by nature puts her needs first and is attuned to the acquisition and preservation of her personal creature comforts. Watch out for a tendency in her to be overly materialistic as she grows up; along with that, help her cultivate a more allowing perspective with respect to the needs of others, especially when those needs don’t necessarily align with her own, or even compete with her own. The likeliest training ground for nurturing consideration for others will be sharing the house, parental attention, and possessions with siblings. True consideration for others (and not just a pleasing show of good manners) is a quality that she can develop with your patient and tender intervention.
Peace at any price: The Rabbit seeks above all else a sense of personal harmony — an expression of overt animosity or belligerence is deeply upsetting to her. Rabbits choose to lead a tranquil life and will create and maintain a peaceful and congenial atmosphere. Well-mannered from babyhood, the Rabbit finds “scenes” and heavy emotional demands abhorrent. As a parent, keep in mind how your comportment and management of the household supports your child’s sensibilities and requirement for serenity.