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
- nail bitting
- at home conduct
- at school conduct
- school-related anxieties
- sports performance
- attention deficit
- sugar intake
- 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.