Are you the parent with an anxious child? If so, today's excerpt will show you how to use your child's imagination like a brain scan. Our parenting expert and author, Charlotte Reznick, PhD, wrote The Power of Your Child's Imagination. Dr. Charlotte is sharing Paulo's fear of the unknown.
Paulo's Fear: What Will Happen Tomorrow?
Eight-year-old Paulo was an intuitive and wild little guy-a mix of contradictions in a small, neat package. He was the sort of kid who would fearlessly fly through the air with the latest snowboarding technique yet tremble in the dark. His fear? The unknown. Paulo's sensitivity to change caused his stomach to crimp into wire-thin knots of pain.
Fear of the unknown can come in many guises: the dark, being alone, or change. Paulo was afraid of them all. Although the unknown can be a breeding ground for fears, it is also a fact of life.
We all have to face it, and so do our kids. But children, unlike adults, lack the experience of surviving new situations, and they often feel helpless to handle them. This kind of fear is a perfect opportunity to stretch and grow, as Paulo did.
Do a Different Kind of Brain Scan:
Like many children, Paulo was fascinated with the brain. So we decided to see what was happening inside his. No scary MRIs for us; this kind of imaging-through his imagination-was much more personal.
Paulo described and drew a "guy looking in to see how I feel." There was a lot going on. Buttons in various colors of red, blue, green, and yellow controlled different feelings.
One little "helper man" announced: "He's mad!"
In another part of his brain, a second helper noted whatever had been upsetting Paolo "...is back!" And still another reported some sort of explosion and circuit breaking in the lower part of his brain.
Ask for Help:
The following week I asked Paulo to focus on his Balloon Breath and turn inward. After a few quiet minutes, he received a clear message: "The way to work the controls is through meditation. It makes the little brain cells feel better, and they make me feel better."
That Paulo connected the Balloon Breath with meditation didn't surprise me; I knew his parents were regular meditators, and he had probably seen them do something like it.
His own wise counsel, however, was much more effective than any suggestion from them or me. In fact, he went on to receive further instruction on managing his worries: "In the middle of being upset, it's good to do the Balloon Breath and focus on the love in your Heart." (From pages 136-137)
Dr. Charlotte shows children and parents how to use the treasure inside our skulls, our brains. If you want your child to use his imagination effectively, listen to Dr. Charlotte Reznick. Her book is filled with wonderful imaginative exercises to help you and your children best use our priceless treasure.
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Let's give Dr. Charlotte Reznick our APPRECIATION for sharing so many creative ways to help our children use their brain's imagination. What wonderful ways to scan the brain and get the needed help within. Such awesome power! Now you can share it with your children.
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