5 Signs Your Child Is An Old Soul

One of the greatest blessings is to watch a child grow up with a pair of fresh eyes and an understanding that is best described as ‘childlike’. But there are those rare instances when they display traits that are not necessarily common with children of their own age.  In other words, they don’t act like youngsters, but display experience and intuition much like older people.

This is a case of an ‘old soul’. There’s no doubt that instead of having a young heart, they have an old, knowing, and sensible one instead. This becomes most evident when they have difficulties fitting in with their age group. 

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How to Recognize Your Child is An Old Soul

Without a doubt, this can seem strange and even confusing to most parents. What you should remember is that having an old soul for a child is a great blessing, given the wisdom and level-headedness that they display from that young age. So, if you’re struggling to relate to your child or just want to understand them better, here are 5 signs that indicate whether your child is an old soul:

1: Struggle to relate to children their own age

While they will have to relate to children of their own age, they soon begin to lose interest in the conversations, dramas, and interests that their age group are actively involved in. This will sometimes result in them being bullied or even picked on early in school. They might even become an outcast.

2: Relate better to older people

Given that they are an old soul, they will enjoy making conversation with older people such as teachers or your mutual friends. Apart from this, they will also enjoy talking to older people in the family too, such as their grandparents and other elders.  In many ways, this is because they’re psychology on the same level.

3: Dislike authority and are deemed as ‘smartasses’

Given that they are observant and highly intelligent, they will not blindly obey rules like their peers. Since they see themselves as equal to adults, they may get into trouble with authority when they see the unrealistic demands made of them.  They probably won’t feel bad arguing or passing wisecracks in order to get out of harsh punishments or unreasonable requests.

4: Spend lots of time alone

It won’t be easy for children who are old souls to get involved closely with people in their age group. While their social skills might be impressive, they will prefer spending time on their own. This can be for an extended period of time, but hardly because the child is depressed or anxious. It is purely because they are very comfortable in their own skin and barely need anyone to offer them any entertainment or stimulation.

5: Inquisitiveness is a recognizable quality

From a young age, they will seek to increase their knowledge and wisdom and will ask a number of questions about the world around them. Not only will they be more prone to asking surprising questions but will read books, experiment, and explore the world.

Of course, these are just a few signs that you might have noticed even if there are a number of other signs too. No matter what, how you deal with your child after realizing this is vital. It takes all kinds. So, are there are any other of these signs that you’ve noticed in your child? Feel free to share your experiences and thoughts in the comments section below.


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Matt is the content manager of the Sivana blog, an enthusiastic Yoga teacher, and life voyager. He strives to inspire…

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