This is not a fluffy post, teaching your kids about their inner voice could save their life.
Whether you call it god, your intuition, your higher self, your gut..
Do you listen? Do you take head?
I remember watching at T.V program in which a man was talking about intuition/gut.
Can’t remember his name. He was saying that humans, are the only animals on the planet; that don’t listen to their gut.
He then went onto explain that If a deer is in the woods and his “intuition/gut” feels there is danger lurking near. He will bolt. No if’s, no buts. He is GONE!
So why is it when we get that feeling we don’t listen. We are prepared to open the door to a complete STRANGER and possibly let them in. All the while our gut is telling us “NO DANGER”. I think the main reason we do that is because we don’t want to offend. Well bugger that, I say!
My point is we all have an in-built inner voice, which sadly, we stifle.
If it wasn’t for my “inner voice” The Imperfect Mum would not exist. It would have been drowned out by the “other” one the one that told me “you’re not good enough” Why do you think you could achieve that” “You’re hopeless” – But let’s leave that for another blog post..
Today I want to talk about teaching your kids about their inner voice.
Take some time out to explain to them what their inner voice is. Try to use “real life” examples .
Also go on to talk about the feeling they get in their tummy, explain that it’s important to tell Mummy or Daddy if they get a funny feeling in their belly..
It could even be little things like “don’t push me high on the swing because it makes me feel funny in the belly”. It doesn’t matter what it is.. It’s just teaching them the language of their feelings.
Always keep those communication lines open. They should want to/be able to tell you that this person or that situation makes/made them feel funny in the belly.
One thing that is imperative is that they should be able to say ‘no’ that might even come down to saying no about small things. Like “no I don’t want to wear that shirt” – Obviously within reason .
Try to encourage them to talk about how things make them feel.
Say do you feel like you’re ready to? or how did that make you feel? or how would you feel if we?
For those kids that don’t like the word feeling use the word think as in ” What do you think about this? or do you think you may like to? It’s still their feelings they are just using different wording.
Teach them that it’s very important to tell you when they feel a certain way. Kids obviously cant name certain feeling because they haven’t learnt the words to explain exactly how they feel but that’s ok. As long as they try to explain how they feel or what they think.
This will not happen overnight, it’s something that will take a while and it’s something you need to persist with.. Try to use this language at least once a day.
In finishing I want to say the BEST way for you, to teach your kids about intuition is for you to practice it yourself, I want you to start to listen . Prick up those ears. Start to practice listening to your inner voice. Don’t just ignore.. really listen and take head. It is “inbuilt” for a reason.
Has there been a time in your life that you have stifled your inner voice and regretted it?