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Hypnosis for Children

One thing that differentiates hypnosis for children from the technique dedicated to adults is that kids can even self-hypnotise without realising they do it. Actually, because they have such vivid imaginations that they are sucked into deeply focused states of mind during play quite often. A child can enter a hypnotic trance even through storytelling, by asking them to imagine they are flying through space in a shuttle they built or being the sidekick of their favourite superhero.

What is hypnosis for children used for?

There are numerous issues hypnosis can help parents solve. Some of the most common problems kids face, that hypnosis can help with are:

  • bed wetting
  • nightmares
  • nail bitting
  • at home conduct
  • at school conduct
  • school-related anxieties
  • sports performance
  • attention deficit
  • sugar intake
  • phobias
  • stuttering
  • anxieties related to parents’ divorce

Hypnosis can be used to manage your children’s behaviour, boost their confidence, and get them to focus better during school hours or while doing their homework. Therefore, it can even be used to get them to cross the street safely or clean their room.

By using positive suggestions, while the kids are in a trance, therapists can guide their behaviours toward effective changes that will lead to better results in school and a more joyful childhood.

At the same time, because children are the perfect hypnosis subjects, there are many types of techniques used by therapists when treating them, even as simple as a bedtime story, which can be used even by parents.

Can hypnosis for children be used at bedtime?

One such technique is the sleep hypnosis for kids (also called Bedtime Story). It is a relaxing hypnotic story, which gently takes the child into a more peaceful and relaxed state that helps them fall asleep easier. What the story does is to use positive reinforcement to induce sleep. Consequently, even hyperactive little rascals close their eyes and go straight into dreamland faster.

One term that the media started using after a California-based hypnotist invented it is hypno-parenting. What it refers to it the practice of managing your kids’ attitudes and behavious through hypnosis.

Still, relying solely on hypnosis to raise your children is extreme and it’s definitely something we’re not advising. Kids need parenting.

What hypnosis can do is help both children and parents go past difficult issues smoothly, faster. As a result, they could spend more time enjoying this wonderful time together than worrying about issues that can indeed be resolved.


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Parenting Trends and the Use of Hypnosis for Children

New parenting trends are taking the world by storm and one of them is related to hypnosis. Parents are starting to turn to hypnosis to help their kids. Children can start hypnotherapy sessions from the age of 3. So, many parents are not wasting any time, getting their little rascals in a trance from an early age.

They use hypnotherapy to help children fall asleep faster, have better night sleeps with fewer nightmares, stop bed wetting. They also do it for anxiety related issues like not wanting to be separated from the parents, fears and phobias.

One other issue hypnosis can help with is childhood obesity. Through hypnotherapy, kids can reduce their sugar intake and have better results in weight reduction programs.

So where is this new parenting trend coming from?

As American hypnotherapist Lisa Machenberg (aka “Hypno-Mom”) says, it is because parents want a natural alternative to using prescription drugs to get kids to calm down, go to sleep, deal with anxiety.

Once parents understand how the human mind works, they know they have the power to help their children through the power of their own minds. Words are powerful in an intensely focused state of mind.

Parents and children are in this together

No doubt that parents realise that yelling or constantly grounding their children is not really working. Positive parenting focuses on gaining cooperation, and hypnosis can facilitate this.

For example, when parents realise that they have criticised their children for so long that they damaged their self-esteem, they seek the help of hypnotherapists. As a result, parents learn about positive praise and its powers. Using descriptive praise, you can build your kids’ self-esteem.

What is important to remember is that for hypnosis to work on the kids, the parents also need to make an effort. Otherwise, a child will continue to deal with the issues that first brought them to the hypnotherapist. Kids will not always listen to what their parents say, but they will always do what they see their parents do.

For this reason, parents also need hypnotherapy. That’s how they learn to centre and take care of themselves, but also to know what their roles are.