There is a movement involved with classifying intuitive children that originated with Edgar Cayce’s psychic work in the early 1900’s, developed further in the 1970’s by Nancy Ann Tappe, and gained popularity with Lee Carroll and Jan Tabor’s work in the late 1990’s.
The movement relies on the assumption we are all souls who reincarnate into our physical bodies, choose our family framework for lessons and support, and create ways to live our soul destinies. The belief further identifies the souls incarnating now are increasingly more evolved and have different needs and gifts, shaping and changing our level of consciousness. The first wave of these souls has been identified as ‘Indigo Children’.
Indigo children are intuitive, very sensitive to their environments, and want to have significant impact in our world. They are often wise beyond their years, display tremendous independence, demonstrate highly creative traits, are strong-willed, and have difficulty following authority.
The critics of this movement state parents are looking for excuses to not discipline their children. By categorizing their children as highly sensitive and intuitive, the critics argue parents are trying to relieve themselves of the responsibility of good parenting.
Labels should not matter. Parents are looking for reliable and useful sources to parent their children. So, if you are struggling with effective solutions for your willful, yet highly sensitive child, you may want to research Indigo Children. Information abounds and the label does not matter.
The parenting approach is different. It involves engaging the whole child at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. Broadly, this approach involves:
- Common sense nutrition
- Close relationship with nature
- Limited access to technology
- Parenting in incredibly authentic and honest ways
- Explaining the ‘whys’ behind disciplinary actions
- Honoring the spiritual needs of the child through meditation and other means
- Recognizing the energetic aspects of the child
- Engaging complementary healing methods
The best source of information I have found is the book by Maureen Dawn Healy titled The Energetic Keys to Indigo Kids.
For background information, the books by Lee Carroll and Jan Tabor are excellent; The Indigo Children and The Indigo Celebration.