What Is Reparenting Your Inner Child & Why Is It Helpful?

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Our experiences during our early childhood years lay the groundwork for our future development and well-being. Psychologists agree that the most important factor in a child’s well-being is secure attachment based on warm connections between a child and responsive adults throughout the formative years.

The grief, shame, and insecurity may follow you into adulthood if you didn’t feel safe, loved, and protected at that age. Reparenting your inner child might help you reconnect with your younger self and satisfy needs that were unmet at the time.

What is Your Inner Child?

Your inner child comprises your experiences, emotions, and memories from your early childhood. There is a psychological component in each of us that stores our early life experiences and the feelings attached to them. Early experiences, both pleasant and painful, can greatly impact our adult values, beliefs, behavior, and well-being.

However, reparenting your inner child focuses on emotional baggage from your childhood or experiences that somehow wounded you.

Why Is It Important to Acknowledge Your Inner Child?

It is essential to acknowledge your inner child because it consists of emotional wounds from your childhood that continue to affect your adult life. Reconnecting with your inner child can help address its unmet needs and restart the process of inner child healing to gain a deeper understanding of yourself. You can only overcome emotional wounds and heal if you first acknowledge your inner child.

You will see that childhood trauma may take various forms as you go through the inner child healing process with the guidance of your life coach or therapist.

Maybe you were neglected or abandoned by your caregivers. Perhaps you went through your parents’ divorce, experienced their death, or lived with parents who battled serious illness or financial troubles. Or maybe you were abused by those who were supposed to protect you.

Reparenting your inner child helps address and heal unresolved childhood trauma.

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What Can We Learn from Our Inner Child?

Depending on your childhood, your inner child may be joyful, safe, free, wounded, resentful, ashamed, and afraid. You may learn a lot about your past experiences and how they affect your adult beliefs, behavior, well-being, and relationships by connecting with this vulnerable part of yourself.

So, here are a few important things you may learn from your inner child:

  • Inner child work can help you identify the type of attachment from your childhood and understand how it affects you today.
  • Your playful and creative inner child may help you rediscover spontaneity, freedom, and creativity, providing new insights and ways to solve your problems.
  • Your inner child can help you develop better emotional awareness by enabling you to be vulnerable and dig deep.
  • You can learn to listen to your inner voice and follow your intuition by getting in touch with your inner child.
  • By acknowledging and addressing your past wounds, your inner child can teach you how to treat yourself with compassion, forgive, and heal.

What is Reparenting Your Inner Child?

Reparenting your inner child is a therapeutic process of addressing unmet needs from your childhood that can help you understand why unmet needs may stop you from having the relationships you want as an adult.

If your parents failed to provide the emotional support and protection you needed as a child, it may impact how you think about the world, feel about yourself, create relationships, and satisfy your needs as a grownup.

Reparenting your inner child can help you be good to yourself and address your needs in a way your parents did not do when you were a child.

When Is Reparenting Your Inner Child Necessary?

You may feel stuck and unable to move on in life. Do you have a hard time trusting others? Do you fear intimacy? Or, perhaps, you struggle with anxiety and depression.

  • Do you have poor self-esteem and feel overwhelmed by self-limiting beliefs that make you think you are unworthy of love, success, and happiness?
  • Do you struggle with toxic shame that keeps you from being content with yourself and having fulfilling relationships?
  • Do you use substances to cope with pain and shame?

Maybe you struggle with setting boundaries and saying “no” to others, satisfying others’ needs at your own expense, or remaining locked in toxic relationships.

When your emotional baggage or childhood trauma continues to affect your adult life, you may need to reparent your child.

What is the Goal of Reparenting Your Inner Child?

The goal of reparenting your inner child is to resolve traumas from your childhood. Reparenting yourself should help you nurture your wounded aspects so you can heal and start treating yourself with more compassion, love, and respect.

What Does Inner Child Reparenting Entail?

Inner child reparenting is about learning to treat yourself with empathy and kindness so you can heal emotional wounds, learn to love yourself, and move on in life.

Acknowledging & Validating Your Pain

An essential component of inner child healing involves acknowledging, addressing, and working through painful experiences or unresolved trauma from your past. When you identify your past wounds, you may be able to understand how your childhood pain is holding you hostage in your adult life and how to break free of its grip.

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It Is an Important Part of Self-Care

Reparenting your inner child is a big step toward setting boundaries, rebuilding self-esteem, and cultivating self-care habits that support your mental health and overall well-being.

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Reestablishing a Childlike Sense of Wonder About the World

Children are spontaneous, playful, curious, and free. They explore the world around them without fear or judgment. When you reconnect with your inner child, you will reawaken your curiosity, creativity, and love for learning. 

Regaining a childlike sense of wonder about the world may help you evaluate your life obstacles with awe and inventiveness, leaving you feeling empowered to tap into the wisdom of your subconscious and tackle problems from a fresh perspective.

Reparenting Your Inner Child Allows You to Heal Yourself & Grow

Reparenting yourself is a beautiful gift you can give yourself. It’s a gift of forgiveness, empathy, healing, personal growth, and self-love will help you feel whole, maybe for the first time in your life. I can guide you through this liberating process of reparenting yourself until you overcome feelings of shame, guilt, and resentment and begin rediscovering and loving yourself in the way you’ve always deserved. So, contact me today to set up a free empowering conversation.

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Kamini Wood is a Certified Life Coach, and best-selling author. Her mission is to empower high-performing adults and teens to become resilient self-leaders by reducing stress and anxiety, overcoming imposter syndrome, working through trauma, and re-discovering their AuthenticMe®.

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