Many would agree that times have changed. The world is different, ways of life are different, and kids are different too.
In these times it is important to provide ways for our youth to learn how to connect inward. The constant outward connection that our hi-tech society supports can have a dulling effect on any individuals ability to ‘feel’ or ‘hear’ themself. When gratification is only ever a finger push away it may seem like more work to actually turn one’s attention inward and cultivate that inner sense of gratification. However, this is detrimental to the overall balance of any individual. After all where does one’s sense of well-being come from? That’s right, inside! This inner sense that cannot be faked has a direct link to our physical health as well as our mental and emotional stability.
In our society the amount of free time kids have is swallowed up by the lure of television, internet, games, and so on. So we as parents need to take a more strategic route to providing space for our children to explore themselves. Art and writing or building things are all fabulous ways to be creative and connect inward. Give any child, any age, a piece of paper and some crayons and they’ll naturally create through the freedom of imagination and connect to that inner spark of themselves that is uniquely their own. However, why not take it one step further and employ some life skills that will help them to grow and also give them tools to use in the real world when things get tough. This is where helping your child to build their intuition comes into play.
Intuition is defined as the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. It is that gut instinct sense of knowing if something is right for you or not. It is a sense that has a direct pathway to what is best for you as it connects internally and places less emphasis on the external world. It is a sense that is natural, everyone feels their intuition on some level. But it is also a sense that can be developed. Like a muscle in your body, the more you use it the stronger it gets, and the stronger it gets the more its use will benefit you.
I have listed a few books here that can get you in touch with helping your child (and yourself) to connect inward and cultivate the intuitive sense.
Your Psychic Child: How to Raise Intuitive and Spiritually Gifted Kids of All Ages
by Sara Wiseman
The Highly Intuitive Child: A Guide to Understanding and Parenting Unusually Sensitive and Empathic Children
by Catherine Crawford
10 Mindful Minutes: Giving Our Children–and Ourselves–the Social and Emotional Skills to Reduce Stress and Anxiety for Healthier, Happier Lives
by Goldie Hawn