Parenting Tip: Trust Your Child’s Instincts


Throughout human history, instinct has been essential to our survival and quality of life. For our ancestors, if one had underdeveloped instincts, one got eaten by an apex predator. Nowadays, poor instincts could result in a bad investment, being victimized, and/or trusting the wrong person.

In order to raise children with highly developed instincts, it’s important to know when to step in and when to step back and trust their natural intuitive process. Too much parental intervention interrupts their learning on many levels, including the most primal one: learning to trust their gut. And let’s not forget, our kids are constantly learning from us; and if our actions tell them that we don’t trust their instincts, what do you think that does to their self-esteem?

Ironically, there’s no way to know when to intervene and when to let kids be. That’s when it’s time to trust our own parenting instincts.

“Trust instinct to the end, even though you can give no reason.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thank you for being tuned in parents. A special thanks to Claudette S. for sharing this tip. I welcome your comments, suggestions, and tips! There’s more for you, too, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

-Elle C.

About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children's book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and "make it workology," she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

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