Anyone who has spent time with children knows that kids feel things deeply. Whether they’re laughing with abandon at grandma’s game of peek-a-boo or sobbing uncontrollably over their sock falling down, they express raw emotions.
With such sensitive natures, could children be more attuned to extrasensory stimuli? How often do they exhibit psychic capabilities, and how do their parents feel about it? To find out, we surveyed 1,007 parents about their children’s abilities and their experiences as a family.
Every parent wants to believe their child has extraordinary talents. But what leads them to believe theirs is psychically gifted? We posed this question to half of our respondents — the proportion believing they had a psychic kid.
Note: Respondents were allowed to choose multiple responses.
Parents see the best in their children, and that often includes psychic abilities. Most of our study participants who believed theirs have extrasensory talents said they noticed them when their child was just 1 to 2 years old.
As for what led parents to believe their child was psychic, the No. 1 reason was their child had vivid dreams or nightmares (57%). Fears and imaginations also seemed to play a significant role in perceived gifts. Half of these parents believed their child was psychic because of how scared their child was of being alone (50%), the dark (46%), or a specific place or item (30%). Others believed in a child’s psychic abilities because they had an imaginary friend (49%) or spoke to someone who wasn’t there (34%).
The experiences that lead parents to believe their child is psychic might also influence which psychic gifts parents think their child has. Are some extrasensory perceptions more common among kids?
Note: Respondents were allowed to choose multiple responses.
Psychic children possessed a variety of gifts, but the one parents most often suspected was clairsentience (44%): the ability to perceive emotional energy. This seems a perfect fit for a psychic child, as their raw emotional energy could be extra sensitive to the emotional energy of others. Equally common among respondents’ kids was telepathy: the ability to read minds.
Clairvoyance, or the gift of seeing things beyond the natural world, was a gift that 41% of parents believed their child possessed. This also seems well-suited to children, as their minds are clear of conventional boundaries and more open to everything compared to adults.
Noticing and identifying a child’s psychic abilities is one thing, but accepting and supporting those abilities is another. How do parents feel about having a psychic child, and how do they show support for their gifted kid?
Note: Younger millennials are aged 25—30; older millennials are aged 31-40.
Respondents were allowed to choose multiple responses.
For most parents, accepting their child’s abilities didn’t come naturally. While 92% of parents said they support their psychic child, 91% admitted they made their child uncomfortable before they understood their child’s gifts. Young millennials were particularly guilty of making their child uncomfortable (95%), but many older millennials (88%) and Gen Xers (88%) did this as well. Thankfully, making mistakes as a parent offers the opportunity to model humility and apologize.
Once parents understood and accepted their child’s abilities, most supported them through passive means. Parents encouraged their children to keep sharing their experiences (63%) and assured them that their abilities were a gift (61%). Most importantly, 62% of parents believed their child when told of their extrasensory experiences.
Showing a child trust by believing what they tell you is especially important to encourage continued sharing and open communication. But many parents also showed their support by sharing their child’s abilities with family and friends, despite some fears of judgment.
Being a parent is hard no matter what, but having a psychic child can certainly complicate things. How does having a psychic child affect parental well-being and happiness at home?
A child’s psychic abilities seemed to affect the parent-child bond and family life. Parents with a psychic child were less likely to feel connected to their kid than parents without one (48% compared to 68%, respectively). We saw a similar pattern when we asked about family life. Parents with a psychic child were significantly less likely to feel very happy with their home life than parents without a psychic child (48% versus 72%).
Most alarming, however, was not how parents felt but how their psychic children felt. Of all parents surveyed, 27% said their child had shown signs of depression. Only 3% of parents without a psychic child reported this compared to over half of parents who had one (51%). Since psychic children are more sensitive to the world around them, it is understandable that many of them may feel overwhelmed and depressed. Much like empaths, psychic kids may need to engage in extra self-care to carry the weight of their extra perceptions.
Every child is unique and gifted, but some gifts extend beyond the five senses and this physical world. Raw with emotions and open to the full realm of life’s possibilities, children can show their psychic abilities extremely early in life. Those abilities, however, can be a burden for them and their family.
As difficult as it may be for some parents to accept their child’s psychic abilities, showing understanding and support for these gifts can create a stronger connection between parent and child and make for a happier home life. As children embrace their abilities, they’ll need to practice self-care to keep from getting overwhelmed by their deep feelings and perceptions. As parents care for their children and support their talents — psychic or otherwise — the entire family will grow in harmony and joy.
For this campaign, we surveyed 1,007 parents to explore their experiences as a family. Among them, 50% believed their child had psychic abilities, and 50% didn’t; 73% described themselves as religious, 23% as spiritual, and 4% as neutral.
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