Nurture his gift of intuition.
What do you think when you read headlines like these:
“Mother’s Intuition Leads to Early Diagnosis of Child’s Rare Illness”
“Intuition Helps Teen Avoid Dangerous Situation, Alert Authorities”
“Intuitive Decision to Take a Different Route Saves Commuter from Major Traffic Accident”
“Intuition Prompts Neighbor to Check on Elderly Resident, Preventing a Tragedy”
“Intuition Saves Hiker’s Life in Remote Wilderness”
“Intuition Guides Surgeon’s Decision, Saves Patient’s Life”
How many have had that feeling when you meet someone new that something was ‘off’. Nothing you can pinpoint or explain, but you know deep in your gut that you don’t want to be around them. And sometimes, in the future, your feelings are confirmed and you are glad you listened to that little voice of caution.
Or on the flip side, acting on that feeling and your whole world changes – for the better.
I read a book, Shogun, and I could not shake the feeling that I was being given a message that I was supposed to move to Japan. I barely knew where Japan was!!! But I followed that intuitive hit and that put me on the most amazing life journey.
Intuition provides us with a “gut” response – an inner voice – beyond logic or learned responses, revealing both who we are and the knowledge we have gained.
Intuition is that feeling in your gut when you instinctively know that something you are doing is right or wrong.
I always knew I was highly sensitive and quite intuitive, so when I became a parent, I started to think of how I could strengthen that ability in our son.
How can we prepare our children for the future?
The world is changing at such incredible speed that we can not possibly predict the future our children will be living in. Information overload, fake information, the new world of AI, and more, preparing our children for a world we can’t even imagine seems daunting.
But if we help them to be able to recognize and strengthen their intuitive capacity, I believe we will greatly empower them. Here are a few of the ways it can help and strategies to try:
Enhances Decision-Making Skills:
Intuition acts as an inner compass, guiding children towards making sound decisions. By nurturing their intuition, you empower them to trust their instincts, leading to more confident and informed choices. Encourage your child to listen to their inner voice and honor their gut feelings when faced with decisions.
- Encourage your child to pause and reflect before making decisions.
- Teach them to trust their instincts and consider their gut feelings.
- Help them weigh the pros and cons of different options.
- Foster open conversations about decision-making, discussing how intuition plays a role.
Fosters Emotional Intelligence:
Intuition goes hand in hand with emotional intelligence, as it helps children recognize and understand their own emotions and those of others. By developing their intuition, you equip them with a valuable tool for navigating complex emotional landscapes, fostering empathy, and cultivating meaningful connections.
- Teach your child to identify and label their emotions.
- Encourage them to listen to their inner voice when it comes to understanding their feelings.
- Help them recognize emotional cues from others and practice empathy.
- Support them in expressing and managing their emotions in healthy ways.
Strengthens Self-Trust and Confidence:
When children learn to tap into their intuition, they develop a deep sense of self-trust. This inner knowing fosters confidence and resilience, empowering them to navigate life’s challenges with courage and authenticity. Encourage your child to reflect on their intuitive experiences and celebrate the times they trusted their instincts.
- Celebrate and acknowledge moments when your child follows their intuition.
- Encourage them to share their intuitive experiences and discuss how it made them feel.
- Foster an environment of trust where they feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and ideas.
- Help them understand that mistakes are part of the learning process and that trusting their intuition is valuable.
Cultivates Creativity and Imagination:
Intuition is a gateway to creativity and imagination. By encouraging your child to follow their intuitive inklings, you ignite their imaginative spark and invite them to explore new realms of possibilities. Provide them with ample opportunities for creative expression.
- Provide opportunities for creative expression through art, music, and imaginative play.
- Encourage your child to trust their creative instincts and explore new ideas.
- Expose them to diverse sources of inspiration, such as nature, books, and different forms of art.
- Foster a supportive environment where their imagination is celebrated and encouraged.
Deepens Connection with the World:
Intuition allows children to develop a profound connection with the world around them. It opens doors to a deeper understanding of nature, people, and the interconnectedness of all things. Encourage your child to embrace their curiosity, observe their surroundings, and trust their intuitive insights to form a harmonious bond with the world they inhabit.
- Encourage your child to observe and explore the world around them.
- Take nature walks together and discuss the interconnectedness of living things.
- Engage in meaningful conversations about different cultures, perspectives, and experiences.
- Encourage them to trust their intuition when it comes to forming connections with others.
Our greatest influence lies in modeling intuition to our children. When making decisions, explain that we look at the pros, cons, interesting points and that we go into how we feel about each, and that our intuition helps us make those decisions. When we do something that doesn’t seem to make sense, acknowledge that we acted on how we felt about it and trusted those feelings. If our children see us tapping into this ability, they will be open to do the same.
Nurturing your child’s intuition is a gift that will accompany them throughout their lives. By honing this innate ability, you empower them to make wise decisions, navigate emotions, build self-trust, foster creativity, and develop a profound connection with the world. Embrace the journey of nurturing your child’s intuition and witness the blossoming of their inner wisdom.
The power of intuition in children is a gift that deserves nurturing. It is an innate ability that can guide them towards making wise decisions, understanding emotions, building self-trust, fostering creativity, and forming a deep connection with the world. Let’s remember the sacred gift of intuition and ensure that our children understand its value.