Kids are like little sponges, absorbing everything through their senses, even their sixth sense of intuition. As a parent, you can assist your child with developing their intuition by simply helping them develop their other senses. Intuition is the ability to know or understand something without prior experience or knowledge. Many people describe it as a gut-feeling or a knowing. Developing your child's intuition is a gift that will assist them all through life in negotiating, social situations, identifying an opportunity and more. And no matter what age you are, you can begin developing your intuitive ability.
So how do you help your kids develop their intuition?
From personal experience, begin with developing your child's most heightened sense. What you'll find is as this one sense gets stronger your child's other senses will start developing along side that one. The following are some steps in helping you develop your child's heightened sense.
- Identify that one sense that is most developed. Every child is born with at least one sense (hearing, seeing, smelling, touching, and tasting) that is heightened. My type 1 diabetic daughter, Madison, is a feeler. She has to touch every toy. She uses the word feel and feeling when she describes her emotions. She says, "I feel this is going to happen" versus "I can see this is going to happen."
- Talk to them about their special sense. When my twin son Josh comes home from school, I always ask him if anything in his second grade class room changed. He notices things like his teacher having a new coffee cup or that someone brought in an apple and put it on her desk or she's wearing earrings for the first time. Also, because he is visual, I need to show him how to do things. He's lucky because his sense of hearing is heightened too. His heightened auditory ability allows him to play a song on the piano by listening to the song, something I have no ability to do. I have to read the notes to play a song.
- Lastly, make an effort every day to help them express their heightened sense. Going for walks or exploring the outdoors is a great way to accomplish this. For feelers, have them pick up and touch things in nature. Have them feel the weather. Have them feel how they are feeling. For visual kids, point to things in nature. Ask them to find three different kinds of birds. Share in what you see. For auditory kids, ask them to listen to bird sounds and then describe those sounds. You can also drop leaves and rocks and have them describe what they heard. For kids with a heightened sense of smell, have them smell different leaves and flowers. Have them smell the air as you walk to see if they can pick up on any smells that smell different. For kids who love tasting, have them taste a leaf or a piece of grass. Ask them to taste the air to see if it tastes any different from when they were in the house to now being outside the house.