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Successful EFT with a four year old girl who uses her own phrasing

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Note: This article assumes you have a working knowledge of EFT. Newcomers can still learn from it but are advised to peruse our Free Gold Standard (Official) EFT Tutorial™ for a more complete understanding.

Hi Everyone,

You will enjoy this EFT story by Eleanor Hatherly from the UK. It points up many useful ideas for using EFT with children. She says, "...since that night she has asked me to do “that pat thing” every single night and it's now become part of her bedtime routine."

Hugs, Gary

By Eleanor Hatherley

I'm new to EFT and have been using it on myself to resolve a whole forest of problems! It's early days yet but I can feel things slowly clearing and know that it's a technique I'll use for life now. How did I manage without it?

I have also had a lot of success doing it with my 4 year old daughter. A month or so ago, she was having terrible problems with bad dreams and was scared to go to bed night after night. In desperation I tried one round of EFT on her.  Even though I'm scared that I'm going to have bad dreams, I love myself.

It was a bit half hearted as I was so new to it and felt a little uncomfortable doing it on her. However, since that night she has asked me to do “that pat thing” every single night and it's now become part of her bedtime routine. We have done it for bad dreams, monsters, witches, goblins, bats, etc. A big issue also came up for her about people dying. She was quite hysterical about it but within 2 or 3 short tapping sessions she's not mentioned it again. She also asks me to do it in the daytime if she hurts herself or is upset about something. She loves saying 'I love myself' and always smiles happily. She is also very pedantic about the exact wording we use and if I don't copy her exact words then she corrects me.

Last week I got home at lunchtime and found her white faced and looking very unwell. She said she was going to be sick. I took her upstairs to her bedroom and gave her a bowl. She was very tired and hanging over the bowl.  She was supposed to be having a sleepover with her friends that evening so that my husband and I could go out - something we were all looking forward to. So I said to her that she couldn't be ill otherwise she would miss her sleepover and I suggested that we tap for it. I said we should really concentrate and do it properly. We did a few rounds:

Even though I feel sick and very tired, I love myself and I choose to feel better.

Even though I have this bug in my tummy, I love myself and choose for my body to feel better and fight this bug off.

At this stage she was still white faced and very tired. I then asked her if she wanted to say some words while I tapped on her. She did this, beautifully, saying Even though I feel sick and very tired and my tummy hurts, I love myself and don't want to be ill and miss my sleepover so I'm asking my body to get rid of this bug and make itself completely well again.

I then suggested we waited 15 minutes to let her body sort itself out and get the bug under control. I read her a story just to pass the time. After 5 minutes she said she felt a bit better. After 15 minutes her colour was completely restored and she jumped out of bed laughing saying she was going to go and tell daddy that she was completely better now. Absolutely no stomach ache or tiredness! She had her sleepover and was perfectly well!



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