Empathic kids and teens are super intuitive and sensitive souls. They feel everything. As adults, we know that some people feel awesome to be around — they totally support and uplift us! Yay!
We also know that there are some people that leave us feeling completely drained!
And let’s face it. In this fast-paced, Snapchattin’, Facebookin’ world, it’s not easy. Peer pressure is hard enough without adding the extra layer of being an empath. Here are a couple of tips that you can use to help your intuitive or empathic child:
What is an Empath?
An empath is someone who is sensitive to energy and feels the emotions of others. It’s associated with the psychic gift of clairsentience (here’s a great article about what it feels like to have a clairsentient experience).
Someone who is not an empath might feel really sad when watching those Sarah Mclachlan animal abuse commercials while an empath will feel the fear and desperation of the animal.
Tips to Help Empathic Kids
1. Teach empathic kids to use emotions as indicators
This is something I did when my kids were little. Of course, you’ll want to change the lingo a little bit depending on the age of your child.
After your child spends time on the phone, texts, or hangs out with a friend, ask questions that go something like this:
- How do you feel after talking to (name of friend)?
- Did you laugh a lot?
- Do you feel awesome now?
- Did you talk about fun things that you both enjoy?
- It seems like something is bothering you. Do you feel yucky after talking to (friend)?
This tip will start to teach empathic kids to be aware of their emotions. Sometimes, they don’t know why they feel yucky after playing with Suzy, they just know that they do. It’s OK for them to honor how they feel.
Slowly but surely, they can start to notice what makes them feel bad (like gossiping about other friends), and what makes them feel good. Then, you can gently start encouraging them to follow what makes them happy and connect with uplifting friends.
>> Download the PDF, 10 Traits of Psychic Kids (includes tips and resources to help your intuitive child)
2. Get them into the habit of taking a bath after school
School can be a draining place for empathic kids because of all the different people and energy. A nice, warm bath after school can help kids “wash off” all of the extra energy they’ve picked up during the day.
(On the flip side, over-washing beloved “blankies” can wash away the comforting energy that intuitive and empathic kids love. So try not to overwash. :))
Younger kids might like a bubble bath or fun time with a new bath toy.
For teens, letting them soak for a while and listen to their favorite music before starting their homework can make their energy feel refreshed. An aura cleansing bath can also be a big help.
Pro Tip: If you can’t get your little one into the tub, or they go to a babysitter’s house after school, simply changing into some fresh, comfy clothes can help.
Empathic Kids and Nightmares
Sometimes, highly sensitive, intuitive children will have nightmares. My daughter struggled with nightmares when she was young until my husband and I started empowering her. Here’s a post that will teach you the same strategies we used so you can kick nightmares to the curb and get some rest.