How do you tell if your child is an old soul?

topic posted Mon, February 13, 2006 - 3:26 PM by  Bridget
From the moment my son was born, I swore this was the case.
He's takes such careful consideration and time to perceive his environment.
What are your experiences with children who are old souls (yours or other peoples)?
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  • Re: How do you tell if your child is an old soul?

    Mon, February 13, 2006 - 10:06 PM
    I'm fairly certain that my nephew is an old soul. He looked up at my mom's b-friend a couple months ago and told him he was his grandfather, and he's only 2 1/2. I doubt anyone could have explained the concept of reincarnation to him yet. heh He talks in nearly whole sentences and plays with games meant for older children. He does puzzles made for ages 5 and up. I hope I'm around to help him out emotionally when he's older. Like me, he's bound to go through a couple years of frustration, not only at the way the world works, but that so many people are so blind. I just hope my sister doesn't try to push him to succeed. I doubt he's going to be any more motivated to achieve monetary success than I am, but my sister (and mother) sees nothing but monetary achievement as a sign of success. So I worry about him, but I've been in his shoes. I'm not sure if I can really make a difference, you know, if my sister will let me or if she'll see it as "corrupting" him or interfering with her child rearing... She's kind of close-minded about anything spiritual.
  • You just evidenced by the posts on this thread.

    Both of my kids are old souls. My son used to go through what we called "wage and fwustwation" spells, where you could tell that the soul inside was not happy being stuck in an infant body that wouldn't do what he wanted it to. He just "knows" things, as if there's this huge library of knowledge inside him that he can unlock easily.

    I know my daughter is in this incarnation to learn a very specific lesson, but she really just wants to get through this life walk and get on to the next one. Impatience is definitely a byword with her. But she really has to take her time this time or she'll be repeating the same thing over and over again. Thanksfully, she seems to finally be grasping the idea.

    Both are gifted psychically, can perceive the spirit realm, and have a good strong healing touch.

    Remember that if your child is an old soul, you have been blessed. They chose you for a very specific reason, for the gifts and guidance you have to give them. It can be a daunting task at times, but it's always a blessings.

    • When my son was quite young people kept seeing an old man when they looked at him. He really had an "old man" thing about him for the first while. It was like he had some residual energy left over from a previous lifetime. As he has grown he seems to have adjusted to who he is now and seems more kid like now. I have a very intense memory of us saying "yes" to each other when I was staring up the stars ( 3 days pregnant). I believe that I felt his soul enter my body. I was convinced I was pregnant from that moment on even though everyone said I wasn't and the first few pregnancy tests were negative.
  • Basically, you know your kid is an old soul if you take their advice and it works; their wisdom shines through. Or you ignore their advice and stupid stuff happens as a result. With young souls, you have to listen at the right times to hear about needs. With old souls, you have to listen at the right time to heed their wisdom. I suppose that sometimes those are the same things. The philosophy behind this is beyond me.
  • Re: How do you tell if your child is an old soul?

    Tue, September 4, 2007 - 7:48 AM
    Here are a few books that may help you understand and work with the extraordinary children that are coming into our world at this time:

    ___Children's Past Lives: How Past Life Memories Affect Your Child___
    by Carol Bowman

    ___The Wise Child: A Spiritual Guide to Nurturing Your Child's Intuition____
    by Sonia Choquette

    ___Beyond the Indigo Child: The New Children and the Coming of the Fifth World___
    by P. M. H. Atwater L.H.M

    • Re: How do you tell if your child is an old soul?

      Tue, September 4, 2007 - 10:03 AM
      Just a little note....I wrote this (past) post and went to lunch.

      At lunch, there was a little boy (about 3 years old) at the next table over. He kept pointing behind me, right out the window I was sitting in front of. He said "Dog! Dog!"

      His mother looked over and said, "There's no dog there." I even looked, but I couldn't see a dog. But I thought.....well, maybe he sees something I don't see.

      Even thought his mother AND his aunt kept telling him, "That's no's just a shadow," he kept going over to the window (floor-to-ceiling) and bending down and looking at the "dog."

      Before they left, his sister (about 4 years old) came over and looked REALLY HARD and said, "Well, yes....there IS a dog there!"

      I still didn't SEE anything, but I must say I am thankful to those teachers who showed me how parents negate the child's experience! And how they COULD empower a child's experience if they just said something like, "_I_ don't see a dog," instead of telling the child he/she is wrong!

      WOW...what a lesson!

      (I AM wondering if the little boy might have seen my Spiritual Guide, who sometimes shapeshifts into a "dog" form. I wish I could have talked more with him, but his mom was a bit annoyed....or embarassed?)
      • Re: How do you tell if your child is an old soul?

        Fri, September 7, 2007 - 7:32 AM
        When you have to take him or her to the shoemaker for a repair.
        • Re: How do you tell if your child is an old soul?

          Fri, September 7, 2007 - 7:33 AM
          er...hum...I also agree with the post before last.
          • Re: How do you tell if your child is an old soul?

            Mon, September 17, 2007 - 10:15 AM
            I like the shoemaker response, Ariadne.
            I think your children must know. And it is ok if they are not.
            My daughter used to tell me stories about the stars and the moon when she was just born.. Long stories. People came who were strangers, to her birthbed: "I heard a child was born..." and they would leave gifts. When she was older, although begining to be corrupted and ruined by her horrid experiences with public schools, she heard the story of Adam and Eve from the quaker church next door. She said ithat that made no since at all, because in the beginning it was only her and Jesus. (We are not christian & have never encouraged this type of bold remark).
            At the same time, it is hard to tell if she has had much experience in this world at all. Maybe she is an ancient soul who decided to spend her life in blissful negligence of her duty to earth until now. She is ten now, and currently thinking hard about past life experiences. It is up to our children to find out when they have been and where. It is not for us to help them much or formulate hypothesis which may make them feel good or bad about themselves.
            If she is a new soul, I feel very blessed. If she is old, I feel very blessed. If she is both old and yet new to the life experience, I feel very blessed. It is up to our children to tell us where they have been and not up to us to perpetuate or quicken their need to find out.
            This is most important: To Love. To cherish. To nurture. To inform with the clearest truths. To allow. To listen. To enjoy. To Love.
  • Re: How do you tell if your child is an old soul?

    Tue, March 18, 2008 - 11:51 AM
    I loved your response Maggie!

    I love when my boy says he sees things like that too- so i have a chance to help him embrace it.
    And I hate when parents get embarrased that their kid is using their imagination....because maybe they are not!

    I just joined this tribe to find out more about past lives...due to a reading i was given.
    I have only read a few posts....and not quite understood my read yet
    but I have sure learned a lot more about my son already- who is...I am learning ....and always wondered
    an "Old soul"
    Only two...and everyone notices that there is something about he knows to be skeptical, cautious, always aware....
    NOw i know to encoourage these characteristics to find meaning
  • Julia... I had the same thing happen to my son. Everyone said he has an old mans face. Then this woman kept following my mom and my son around. Finally grabbed my mothers arm and told her that he has been here many times before. He has a very old happy soul. She also told my mother that when he start talking, he will use speech beyond his years. He's only 13 months but is so incredibly clever. He's very protective over me. He also draws strangers to him everywhere we go. This woman told my mom he was an angel in human form and that someone had died before his birth and that their spirit is there in him. It just blows my mind, ya know. So I was so interested i went and had my Oracle cards read to me and the first card that popped out was the "Indigo and Crystal Children" card...any further advice or info from anyone would be greatly appreciated.My son was an unplanned pregnancy but I always felt that there is something extra special about him.
    Much Love,

  • My husband had a brother that passed away when he was 4 years old and my husband was 9. Now we have a 4 year old son, a few months ago he was hugging my husband and said " you know I'm really your brother, right?" There is no one in the family that discussed anything with him, he has no idea of my husbands brother. Then the other day he met a client of my husbands , and tells us" I know her from another time,but I don't know when"
    Any ideas??