Sending Potent, Positive messages to children by Judith Spitler McKee Ed.D

Memoirs of an Indigo

Excerpt from Indigo Children by Jan Tober and Lee Carroll.

“All children require personal and intense care, attention, time, encouragement and guidance from adults.  The overall tone of the adult-child interactions needs to be emotionally caring, loving and soothing, as well as intellectually clear and stimulating. The verbal and nonverbal messages sent to be consistently lighthearted and welcoming to children, as if they were invited and cherished guests in our lives.

Many times adults feel, act and talk in ways that make children feel they are anything but welcome:  rather, that they are actually bad, a burden, or a nuisance.  these unwelcoming, heavyhearted messages are extremely damaging to the growth, learning, striving and creativity of children who look to adults as models for support.  Children experience these messages as:  I’m a bad child, unwanted here.  These painful messages of fear lessen children’s ability to respond and can seriously stunt their overall development.


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