“There is no instinct like that of the heart.”
– Lord Byron
The word intuition means “to perceive directly without reasoning.”
The biological and emotional connection you have with your child offers you an innate intuition stronger than you can experience with any other human being. Often, mothers know things about their child’s health or behavior long before a diagnosis is uncovered.
I encourage you to trust your intuition and cultivate it. Tuning into your senses and listening to your gut feelings will enable you to make decisions based from your personal truth and not from external pressures.
“Our intuition usually makes itself known to us in a flash, and often has a physical component – a flutter in our stomachs, sweaty palms, or a chill. When we use this information to help us navigate a situation, we always benefit.”
(Daily Om, 2010)
Tuning in to your intuition requires you to be still and silent long enough to hear its subtle cues. If you are always rushing, living in chaos and bombarded by noise, then you won’t be able to recognize the signs that may be obvious. It is my belief that it is through your intuition that God speaks to you. You just need to believe enough in yourself to listen. Through practice and positive experiences, you will begin to trust this gift within you. Once you begin to trust your intuition, it will offer you insight and discovery into your child that may otherwise have gone unnoticed.
“Listen to your intuition. It will tell you everything you need to know.”
– Anthony J. D’Angelo
Trusting Your Parental Intuition
“There is a universal, intelligent, life force that exists within everyone and everything. It resides within each one of use as a deep wisdom, an inner knowing. We can access this wonderful source of knowledge and wisdom through our intuition, an inner sense that tells us what feels right and true for us at any given moment.”
– Shakti Gawain
Teaching our Kids to tap into their intuition:
How can you as a parent teach your child to recognize and trust the message their bodies are trying to tell them through a gut feeling? The human body is amazingly capable of this challenge. We possess the flight or fight instinct when we sense danger with all kinds of bodily sensations. In order for a child to learn how to tune into bodily cues, she must have the opportunity to experience quiet time. Practicing stillness and listening are essential skills required to tap into our innate guidance system.
Encourage your child to identify bodily feelings and express them:
Validate what they are saying by repeating it back to them. Never deny what they are saying. How do you know what they are feeling?
Notice patterns of bodily feelings
Do they always experience a specific ailment when going to a specific place, doing a specific activity or seeing a specific person?
Help them to identify their feelings:
Kids need help in labeling how they feel. Pictures can also help by playing a game. How do you think this girl is feeling.
When thy get older and have more language….
You can train conscientious listening:
One way to practice tuning in to one’s intuition is to teach children to intuit the true meaning behind someone’s spoken words. According to Albert Mehrabian, author of Silent Messages, “A listener perceives 55 percent of the meaning of the spoken message through gestures and facial expressions; 38 percent is interpreted through tone of voice, speech rate, rhythm and emphasis; and words transmit approximately 7 percent of the message. In other words, nonverbal cues communicate the bulk of the message.” Therefore, it is quite helpful for children to practice observation of body language and listening skills.
A fun way to build listening skills is to practice through word games.
See my book for fun ideas.
“Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.”
– Jonas Salk