Most parents will tell you that their kid is a genius. He could be eating boogers. She could be eating her hair. They could be trying to bite their toenails off with their teeth for all we know, but their parents will still tell you that their kid is a genius.
But let’s stick to the facts now. Most kids are not geniuses. They may be amazing in your eyes but they’re not going to the ones to come up a new, life-changing discovery. Having said this, there are signs which can indicate that your kid has a very special talent — that of being an empath. The following are the signs you should be looking out for.
How's your kid's temper these days? Is she acting out? Is he being aggressive? Empathic kids pick up on the emotions of the adults around them because it takes them a while to "develop the cognitive ability to keep out negative emotions.” This is why it’s important to protect them from some of the bad things going on in our life.
Besides friendship, empathy can also arm your kid with intuition. Intuitive children understand what's going on or what's about to happen even if they don’t fully understand what's going on. They could be intuitive enough to know that someone close to them is dying or that you are about to get a divorce.
Don't fear your kids' love for alone time. It's a sign they need a break from the chaos going on around them. It can also mean they have an overactive imagination. It means they have a rich inner life.
Empathic kids have a knack for being there. They have this innate sense to listen and being there for those around them from a very young age. They're the ones who come across as "old souls" who give their take on whatever problem the other person is facing.
A child empath will be the first one to raise a hand when someone needs help. They're the intuitive kids who know when someone is going through something. They are also the ones who sense what someone else might be feeling.
If being wary of family gatherings was the only sign of child empaths, then most of us would be adult empaths trying to get away from our dysfunctional families. But seriously, child empaths can't handle the attention of several family members at the same time. They don't enjoy such gatherings and would prefer to be alone.
Narratives in books and movies are more than mere fictional pieces for child empaths. The latter can feel like they have become part of the story of the book or the movie they are watching. Their overactive imagination plays a huge role in this.
It can be hard for child empaths to feel like they belong somewhere. Due to their intuition, their emotional state can be on a different level to that of those around them. As a result, they can struggle to feel like they belong to a particular group.
Noisy crowds can be too much for child empaths to handle. In large crowds, these kids "are exposed to every sound, argument, shout, laugh, cry, and conversation in a crowd." This can prove to be too much for them and so, it's best not to keep them in such environments for long periods of time.
Since child empaths feel and intuit everything, this means they also experience their emotions more deeply. While others may shrug their feelings away. these kids "feel the full effect of a single emotion." Now that can be exhausting.