What is happening to our children?
More children are being born highly sensitive and their bodies can become unbalanced by our lifestyle and environment, which in turn breaks down the body’s immune system and affects our children’s health and ability to learn.
An intolerance to some foods (highly refined carbohydrates is common) - you can have your child tested for food intolerances and take these out the diet
A reaction to artificial additives and preservatives in food and drinks - tests should show what additives may be a problem
Sensitivity to chemicals in the water, perfumes, garden sprays, household sprays - find chemical free alternatives to use
Frequent use of antibiotics for minor infections - childhood illnesses are a normal way of the body processing changes, a natural alternative is to go to bed, stay warm and get plenty of rest
Lack of exercise - movement helps stimulate the brain, so ensure that your child gets plenty of exercise
Stress and anxiety from the pressure of life - add some calm moments and teach your child to meditate
Absorbing negative emotions of people around them - make their environment a happy one, so they absorb the positive emotions
Not enough sleep - make sure your child gets plenty of rest and, where possible, ensure their environment supports rest
What is an Indigo Child?
The word Indigo Child relates to the majority of the children being born today. Our children are changing and they have been for some time as part of the evolutionary process. It has become more obvious in the past fifteen years as more children are coming into the world with highly sensitive bodies, a greater awareness of the universe and who they are.
Nancy Ann Tappe, author of "Understanding your Life through Colour" first saw that the significant difference in these children was that their aura was one colour, Indigo, which is quite different from children born in earlier generations.
The book The Indigo Children by Jan Tober and Lee Carroll explains in detail the changes in children, who they are and what characteristics have been noted by professional people working with children.
We have observed that children appear to have a very strong connection to the universe, they often display amazing wisdom beyond their years, can often read your mind and are very knowing. They are frequently very bright and talented and yet struggle with basic reading and learning.
Many of these children are being diagnosed/misdiagnosed as ADD and ADHD.
As these children are born with or develop stressed or poor immune systems they can often experience:
Difficulty in learning to read
Difficulty in focusing and concentrating
Difficulty being organised
Headaches and sore tummies
Can television or video games affect my child’s learning and behaviour ?
Watching many hours of television, playing many hours of video games, and electronic games affects some children’s moods and concentration.
A young child who watches hours of television, videos or plays a lot of electronic games often cannot concentrate for a period of more than a few minutes. As electronic equipment is part of our lifestyle it is important to control the usage and to balance this with exercises that help develop focus and concentration, such as yoga or martial arts.
Radiation from electronic equipment may have a negative affect on your child’s body and mood and you may find your child is irritable and and has problems getting to sleep.
Why are we seeing so many children with learning and behavioural difficulties?
More children are being born with highly developed sensitivities, and at the same time we have a growing pollution problem. We are using more chemicals than ever before and consume a greater volume of sugary sweet foods that frequently contain additives and preservatives.
When children refuse to eat fresh fruit and vegetables they are robbing their brain of vital nutrients required to keep it in full working order. Chemicals in the house, school and garden which, when absorbed through the skin or nose, can create a chemical imbalance that may affect the brain.
There is a direct relationship between movement and the brain, and as our lifestyles have become more dependent upon cars with children being driven to school and to sporting and social events, they are not getting the same amount of exercise that children in past generations had when many of them walked to and from school. Whilst many children are active on the sporting fields, in some cases it may not be enough.
A sense of isolation can bring an emotional imbalance to the body and brain. Our busy lifestyles give us less time to be involved with friends, family and the community. Children need to feel the love and support of the people around them; when you care for others in the community and mix with all ages it builds feelings of self worth and encourages caring and sharing.
Stress and anxiety adversely affect the brain and many children are expected to do a full days school work followed by homework and extra curricular activities such as sport, music or special lessons. They need to balance this with time for calm and relaxation. The competitive nature of many people puts added pressure on their children to succeed which adds to stress and anxiety for both.
When the lifestyle of your whole family group is more balanced children should feel calmer, happier and able to concentrate on their work.
What can I do to help my child?
Look at your family’s lifestyle and check where it might be out of balance. The fast pace of society can often cause over-stimulation in sensitive children and we need to look at how to get some calm into our lives and our bodies into balance.
Test your child for food intolerances and eliminate the foods that are harmful
Eat whole foods (unprocessed) which are filled with nutrients - vitamins and minerals - to feed the body and brain
Grow and eat organic fruit and vegetables to avoid pesticides and herbicides
Limit the amount of television time and video games
Drink plenty of water
Play with your child and have fun
Find a good martial arts or yoga teacher - learn the disciplines and the movements
Get your child to bed at a regular time and give them plenty of rest
Children need a lot of love and support so help:
Create a loving home environment
Teach your child to meditate to find their inner calm and strength
Make disciplinary guidelines and stick to them
Show respect for the earth and all living plants and animals
Praise your child’s abilities and help build their self esteem
Find what your child is good at and encourage it (drawing, ball skills etc)
Maintain a positive attitude
Create happy social occasions for your child to participate in
Encourage activities to include the whole family to encourage a sense of belonging
Give your child some responsibilities - let them make choices within your guidelines
Give your child jobs to assist you in the household
Build a happy community with friends and neighbours
Take your child on nature walks on the beach and in the bush
Play with your child
Laugh with your child
Listen to your child
Your child is an individual with needs different to yourself and other family / social group members. Learn to listen and observe your child carefully and their individual needs will become more obvious to you. Please email us.
These lists are only guidelines and Circles of Learning does not promise that when these are in place all your child’s problems will disappear. You need to listen and observe your child for any signs that may enlighten you as to what else will help them and seek professional advice to resolve any medical problems.
We believe that when your child’s body is balanced, their immune system improves and in turn health and learning abilities improve. Specialised treatments from professional therapists and doctors should work faster and more effectively when the practitioners are working with a strong foundation - a strengthened immune system.
Some additional areas that you may wish to check for are mineral toxicity, chemical intolerances, and whether your child’s hearing and eyesight is functioning well.