Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Raising Intuitive Children

Intuition (noun): the ability to understand or know something immediately, without conscious reasoning (Oxford English Dictionary).

“In the past four decades, we have observed the rise in children’s measured intelligence scores and the classes for the gifted that have opened to accommodate them. Today, intuitive intelligence has risen to the forefront, and children with intuitive gifts may be as many as a fourth of all children. . . .” (introduction to Raising Intuitive Children).

“I have a hunch . . . a feeling . . . a sense.” These are all ways of saying you have an intuition about something. But with the busy lives we are subjected to and in turn impose on our children, intuition is often dulled or drowned out.

“When children listen quietly to what is inside them, they may think of music and poetry. Creating new things will teach them confidence. . . . Children need time and space so they can explore their own abilities to be creative” (Raising Intuitive Children, page 23).

So what are the traits of an intuitive person? Some of them include:

· Shyness

· Creativity

· Reflection

· Sensitivity to people’s moods

· Intelligence

When reading and referring to Raising Intuitive Children, you can use this book as a handbook of ways to identify, help, and encourage a child who may be intuitive. It gives real-life examples of intuitive people and shows how they handled themselves or were hindered or helped by teachers, parents, and instructors.

This book differentiates between a “normal” child and a “gifted” one and explains the unique ways these children respond and situations in which they are the most productive. They include:
· Physical

· Mental-Creative

· Emotional-Social (Empathic Intuitive)

· Intuitive (Psychic)

· Spiritual Intuitive

Once you’ve identified your child’s personality, Chapter Five, “Parenting Styles and the Intuitive Child,” helps parents to understand their own “dominating traits” and suggests ways of better managing their parental reactions. This chapter gives four very specific parenting styles:

· Parents who do and achieve

· Parents who like harmony

· Parents who analyze and think

· Parents who feel and influence

The practical solutions demonstrated are perfect for dealing with your child while using your parenting style to its fullest benefit.

One point I found extremely important and interesting was in Chapter 7, “Intuition in the Tween and Teen Years.” This chapter explains the relationship between violent video games and the impressionable brains of our tween/teen children. If you get nothing else from this book, that alone is worth the read.

In addition, this book will guide you from “Creating an Enriched Environment” (Chapter 10) to providing “Emotional Support for Empathic Intuitives” (Chapter 11) and finishes up with an entire chapter on helping your child “shift states, focus, connect, and meditate.”

With its in-depth yet readable approach, Raising Intuitive Children should be your first step if you even have a hint that your child is “intuitively gifted.”

To find out more information or to purchase a copy of Raising Intuitive Children, visit the website at http://www.raisingintuitivechildren.com/. Books are also available at BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com, and bookstores.

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