What is EFT Tapping?EFT Tapping, or Emotional Freedom Technique, is a very powerful technique that you can do on yourself or on your child, using the EFT points on your body and tapping on them with your fingertips.
These energy meridian points have long been used in Acupuncture and many other forms of energy healing. The EFT Tapping sequence is simple to do, and could even be done public.
Gary Craig developed Emotional Freedom Technique from his experiences with Thought Field Therapy (TFT), which also used tapping as it's clearing method. Based on the idea that any kind of trauma, negative belief or anxiety is blocked energy, by tapping on the EFT Tapping points, it releases that energy and sets in place a new pattern.
From what I have observed, there really is no limit to the kinds of issues Emotional Freedom Technique can be used for - both for adults and children.
Here's some examples:
EFT For KidsEmotional Freedom Technique can easily be taught to kids. When children have learned this simple technique they can easily do it themselves when confronted by a difficult situation, or are feeling anxious about something. Or parents can simply tap along with them.
Using EFT Tapping for kids is a very empowering tool for kids to learn as it puts them in the drivers seat of their life. Instead of feeling at the mercy of their fears, they can use the EFT Tapping points to release their fears and tap in an affirmation, or new choice statement. I cover this in more detail, with examples in this article: EFT Tapping Points.
I always recommend using an affirmation for approximately half of the tapping, so the first stage is using the EFT Tapping points to work through any anxiety or negative thoughts, then when the child is feeling more comfortable, we start to tap in what they would prefer.
EFT For Kids: A Parent's ManualWe have a Manual for Parents to help you use EFT with your kids. This includes ongoing coaching and scripts you can adapt and use. You can find out more here: EFT For Kids: A Parent's Manual
Surrogate TappingSurrogate Tapping works really well with children. This means you are not tapping them, but are tapping yourself (or on a doll or Teddy Bear). It works particularly well with parents, as a lot of our children's beliefs or issues are very much colored by our own! So if you are anxious about your child's first day in a new school, guess what, some of that will probably have transferred to your child. In fact, any issue usually clears so much better if you tap on yourself first!
So with Surrogate Tapping, you are clearing yourself as well as your child. Basically you just go through the same process, but hold a clear vision in your mind of your child. The child does not need to be present. Of course you can't use this to force any kind of behavioral change on the child. If your intention is for the child's well-being, by clearing your own worry and anxiety out you are opening the way for a huge shift in energy. I've seen some extra-ordinary changes for children when Mom did surrogate tapping.
EFT Tapping and BabiesOne of the best applications is babies! You can tap directly on the baby, but of course they can't tell you what the issue is. I often recommend starting by tapping on Mom. Lets face it, Mom has had this little one growing inside her, and is intimately connected to her baby. By tapping on yourself and just going with whatever your intuition tells you, you can change all sorts of issues. We usually then go on to tap on Baby too.
Here's some examples:
Start Tapping!So now you have an overview of Emotional Freedom Technique, and some ideas of how you can apply them, it's time to start tapping!
Your EFT Stories or Ask QuestionsI'd love to hear your stories or any questions about using EFT with Children. Your stories, ideas or questions will be inspirational for other parents. You are also very welcome to comment or reply to any other contributions.
EFT Tapping ResourcesEmotional Freedom Technique Tapping Points
Click here to learn more about how to use Emotional Freedom Technique. Diagram with the points, sequences, and some examples of how to use it with children. (Totally applicable for adults too!)
The Tapping Solution DVD
They also run a Tapping Angel program, which aims to give the Tapping Solution DVD to organizations, such as prisons, hospitals, community groups or schools. If you would like to be one of their Tapping Angels, and distribute the DVDs, check out the program details on their site, The Tapping Solution.
Resources for ParentsSuper Skills 4 Kids
Is our home study course designed to help kids set goals, envision the future they want, and achieve anything! If a child wants to work on a behavioral goal, Super Skills is a perfect tool, or they may want to learn a practical skill like giving talks in class.
Super Skills 4 Kids is packed with tools and comes with a bonus workbook. I've had many parents say they use many of the techniques for themselves!
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Max With His Tappy BearThis little cutie, is my nephew Max, in New Zealand. He has cystic fibrosis, which means frequent trips to hospital. We sent him a Tappy Bear, and here's what his Mom wrote:
Letter from Max's Mom
Tappy Bear arrived the day before we went into hospital, we didn't have much time to go over all the actual instructions but took him as Max's special bear who helps to make him feel better. With that and the tips you gave me, the whole experience was much easier on Max, he has surprised me with how well he has coped with everything this time around.
We have now started going over the tapping with Max, and he also quite likes doing the physio on Tappy as well! One of his worst things has been having blood tests, we had to go back to hospital on Friday to have pre and post (iv antibiotic) blood tests, can you believe he sat on his own on the chair and put his arm out - both times!!!!! In the past this has been one of the most traumatic things for him, with me having to hold him down.
Everyone was really interested in Tappy Bear, particularly the physio's and social workers.
Thank you so much for your advice and for Tappy!!!
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