How To Become Your ‘Inner Child’

I was enjoying a conversation with a new friend. One of the things that came up was the idea of the “inner child.” My friend told me how important it was for her to keep her inner child alive, well and active. I took that to mean she has a part of herself that she hides away from the world – that there is a private joy no one else gets to see.

Maybe she’s in a position in life where she has to conceal some of the essence of who she truly is…that happiness that bubbles up from the inside, screaming to come out. Or maybe she thinks that’s the position she’s in. Big difference. Big, Big, BIG!!!

Here’s the thing…I don’t make any differentiation between the self I live each day and my inner child. I AM my inner child.

It wasn’t always that way. My later 30′s was a conflicted time. Anyone who knows me or my story knows I kept myself sane by meditating and juggling at 2:00 am in my spare bedroom.

THAT was a time when my inner child was screaming to come out. Only I wouldn’t have called it my inner child. I would have called it the uninhibited march toward self-appreciation and happiness. With time, practice and the love and support of those around me I learned how to let go of some mental and emotional baggage I’d been carrying around for a long time. My inner child came out and hasn’t left since.

Does that mean I skip down the sidewalk, pick my nose whenever I feel like it and have candy bars for dinner? That’s not the inner child I’m referring to. I spend most of my waking hours in a place where I have to make many decisions, use professional judgment and choose my words very carefully. I have to dress a certain way, come and go on a set schedule and be a role model for many people. Someone might look at what I do and say, “Man, this guy needs to let his inner child come out.” …Finish reading at

Larry Hochman M.S., C.A.G.S. helps people make major life changes by helping them clarify what they want and aligning their thoughts, feelings and behavior with getting it. A long time educator, trainer, author and entertainer Larry has influenced the lives of thousands over a twenty year coaching and counseling career.

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Jayasri Amma
Jayasri Amma3 years ago

Thank you!

Janice Thompson
Janice T3 years ago

My inner child is with me 24 - 7. I love my inner child.

I can be a stuffed shirt when I have to, but my inner child is always talking. I listen.

Linda R.
Linda R3 years ago

Thank you.

Nanette A.
Nanette a3 years ago

Just feel the joy and be thankful for each day and all the wonderful things we have. Run barefoot on the grass, make daisy chains, lay back and enjoy watching the clouds go by, find the wonder in life and nature, be carefree. That is the inner child.

Daphne H.
Daphne H3 years ago

Blessings to all. Especially those who are feeling crushed.

Stanley R.
Stanley R3 years ago

To me this live in faith above reason./

Michaela Carlsson
Michaela C3 years ago

My inner Child is so hurt and damaged so I let her be where she is and not have to live it once again...

Denise Morley
Denise Morley3 years ago

Thank you for sharing

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Alan Lambert
Alan L3 years ago

"I wanna find your little child and kick it's little a$$"
-=-Eagles, "Get Over It" off Hell Freezes Over