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Did You Dream About Children? Here's What It Means

So you dreamed about children? It's a memorable dream topic that has a few possible interpretations.

Read on for three different points-of-view from our dream guides on what it means to dream about children.

Which of these explanations best matches your dream?

What does children mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about children often symbolizes innocence, purity, and your own inner child. Although, it's likely to be more complicated than that.

It can reflect a desire to return to a simpler, more carefree time or represent aspects of your personality that are playful and spontaneous. If you're interacting with children in your dream, it may suggest a need to communicate more openly and honestly, as children often symbolize honesty and straightforwardness.

Alternatively, it could indicate a need for nurturing, either for yourself or someone in your life.

Children can be a colorful and puzzling dream symbol to pin down. To really know confidently, I would have to get a deeper understanding of the dreamer's background and current life scenario.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming about children, in the Freudian context, can be a manifestation of latent desires, unresolved childhood issues, or a reflection of your id - the instinctual, primitive part of your psyche.

Some additional thoughts on this: Interacting with children in dreams might symbolize a dialogue with this id, an attempt to negotiate between your primal urges and societal norms. It could also represent a longing for the unfiltered expression of emotions, akin to a child's uninhibited display of feelings. However, it's crucial to remember that dream interpretation is subjective and largely depends on the dreamer's personal experiences and psychological state.

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming about children can be a spiritual message about embracing the divine qualities of innocence, joy, and trust within you. It's a call to reconnect with your pure, untainted essence, the divine spark that remains childlike regardless of age. Interacting with children in dreams can symbolize spiritual guidance, suggesting that you listen to your inner voice, your spiritual 'child', for it speaks the language of truth and wisdom. It may also indicate a need for self-nurturing, a reminder to care for your spiritual well-being. Remember, dreams are divine whispers, guiding us towards our spiritual growth and evolution.

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So whose interpretation of the dream is best for you?

Which of the preceding perspectives on children applies to your unique situation?

Only you can say for sure. Remember that our subconscious mind can be a multifaceted landscape. Each and every image in a dream can represent a wide range of things — or symbolize many different activities in our conscious lives.

Do you have a slightly different dream interpretation for a dream about children that you want to share? Add your personal thoughts to the comments below.

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