Children and EFT Tapping

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The past few weeks have been filled with learning, sharing, doing rewarding work, and being grateful. As I’ve been sharing EFT tapping with more children, I see how quickly this powerful tool works. With fewer emotional blockages than most adults, children notice results right away and they’re happy to know they can help themselves with this self-help technique anytime they need. They don’t care how or why EFT tapping works. They just let it work. And they love to share tapping with others! I’ve seen dramatic and beautiful shifts in these children and I am so thankful.

Tapping techniques used with children may include slight modifications from the EFT basic recipe that adults use. For example, rather than estimating the level of intensity of feelings and emotions on a scale of 0 to 10, children can show with their hands how big it feels, or they can think of a big or small ball to represent their intensity.

The second part of the setup statement wording can be adjusted to match the age and needs of the child. Incorporating words like “I’m an awesome kid” can bring a smile and a shift in energy like magic. Again, depending on the age of the child, some of the tapping points may be skipped. Simply tapping on the points together while talking about your days is a relaxing way to share time with a child.

In addition to immediate relief from symptoms, a good indication of success using tapping with children is when I hear from their parents or grandparents that the child is teaching their friends or other family members how to tap and telling them how great it works. There are many people and groups working to bring tapping into schools and the lives of children. Tapping Star has an abundance of information on tapping in schools to relieve anxiety and bring calm to the classroom. Tapping for Kids is another site that offers books and great resources.

If you want to bring tapping to a child in your life, you may want to first experience the benefits of tapping for yourself, if you haven’t already. Learn how to tap in my concise step-by-step guide called Emotional Freedom Techniques: The Art of Managing Stress Through EFT Tapping. It includes helpful scripts to get you started and some fun “stealth techniques” to use tapping anywhere without feeling self-conscious.

EFT tapping is a very simple way to get your child to open up and talk about what’s bothering them. Tap together each day and see what happens.

Keep Calm and Tap On!

Please remember: It's important to contact a professional if things feel too big for you, whether it be a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or certified EFT practitioner. Never discontinue your current medications without first consulting your doctor.