There are labels that have fit for a time and then been shrugged off. I dabbled with Waldorf, spent 7 yrs or so as a strict vegan and even more as a vegetarian. I had a hard time giving up the describer unschooling when Camille chose school, but I replaced it with country-living, respectful parenting, and joy-seeking, and I feel pretty good about that :)
The reason labels are on my mind is that I have a very sensitive girl with big feelings that she doesn't always know how to process very well. Ordinary life moments can sometimes throw her into a blind panic. I know that a lot of kids in similar circumstances are labeled with a diagnosis. I know that this can be a welcomed thing. It can give parents a sense of being able to identify, seek support, and move to a better (or different) way of approaching or helping guide their children through their feelings. This kind of label is so different from a self-chosen describer, though, and I hesitate to take that path. I think for now, I'm going to go with free-spirited for her, unless she asks for outside help managing her big feelings.
running in the moonlightAny stories, advice, or links to resources that come to mind, are welcome here.