There’s a new movement afoot in the Snake Oil business built on the tenuous and slippery stepping stones of childhood: The Indigo Child is on the rise and sitting on your front porch! You join the Indigo Child movement by purchasing a book or a DVD or access to a website and then buying into the ridiculous and immoral frame that is set against those children to falsely make them special in their parents’ eyes.
The misguided shilling of the idea of Indigo Children started in a New Age book written by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober called The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived and that book pulls parents down an unpaved and unproven path to try to separate their special child from all the other ordinary children. Indigo Children — born only after 1978 and most since 1992 — are allegedly ringed in an “Indigo Aura” only those who believe in the movement can see.
That glowing aura suggests those children are not of this world and the checklist for parents to help determine if their child is Indigo or not depends upon the desire to identify the following egotistical, self-centered and arrogant behaviors in their beloved children:
1. Entitled to being treated like royalty.
2. They “deserve” to be here by birthright.
3. Self-centered — the world revolves around the child.
4. All claims of authority against the child must be explained to the child and approved by the child before being enacted.
5. Will not stand in line.
6. Must serve creativity and not behavioral conformation.
7. Preferring to do things their way instead of the way things are done.
8. Easily bored; unable to self-entertain; prefers peers who similarly do not respect boundaries.
9. No feelings of guilt; will not accept discipline beyond the self.
10. Commands others to abide their wishes. Brandenn Bremmer was supposed to be an Indigo Child but that separating assignment with a glowing azure aura could not save him from the darkness in his own mind.
Indigo Children are not self-determining — they are instead labeled Indigo by their parents — and what child would not prefer to get away with bad behavior when the choice to be good and loving and willing and selfless is so hard?
The Indigo Child movement is dangerous because it celebrates by identity and not deeds.
An Indigo Child is marked by self-deception sponsored by parental description and for that alone we should pity them and rip the label from their shallow self-esteem to preserve the delicate and empty vessel in need of filling.
Indigo Children have no scientifically verifiable abilities or quantifiable common traits.
An Indigo Child requires no accomplishment of human deeds and that kind of delusion disavows the very tenets of goodness and light we hope all our children will bring to the humanity around them.