Air Signs

THE AIR-SIGN CHILD is alert and awake mentally, and requires much in the way of intellectual stimulation. Even when quite young, this child needs and appreciates games which challenge his or her mind and reasoning powers. Air-sign children have a knack for seeing patterns and relationships, and making connections. Puzzles, memory games (like "Concentration") and other games which involve thinking and skill appeal to them. Scrabble or crossword puzzles are often favorites, for they enjoy ideas and words, and are quite remarkable in their ability to use language. They can be delightful conversationalists, incessant chatterboxes, extraordinary debaters. Word-plays and jokes are much appreciated by them.

The air-sign child is a rational creature and demands a reasonable explanation for everything. If what you say makes sense to an air-sign child you are likely to get their full cooperation. The concept of "fairness" is one that this child instinctively understands and which is very important to him or her, central in fact to the way they make sense of and deal with the world. Unfairness or injustice strongly offends them, and the reality that life isn't always fair or understandable in rational terms is sometimes a hard lesson for the idealistic air-sign child to learn.

The world of social relationships is also very important to the air-sign child. They need playmates and friendship, and are quite sensitive to being left out or different from others. Often they will significantly compromise or adapt themselves in order to be accepted by other people, especially their peers. In a positive sense this means they know how to get along with people, but sometimes they are influenced too much by them. Air-sign children learn well and generally thrive in a group setting, especially when the emphasis is on cooperation and togetherness. Generally not loners, they like to be part of a team or partnership.

Unless another element (water, or possibly earth) is also strong in their makeup, these children are not usually very cuddly or clingy, and even when quite little they are apt to wriggle away from your embraces. They need a lot of space and room to breathe, and though they very much appreciate companionship, they do not enjoy being smothered with parental affection and concern. Even with friends, they like to keep a comfortable distance and are not prone to make the sort of very intense, blood-pact bonds that some children do.

At times the air-sign child appears unfeeling because they tend to live in their minds, and get disconnected from their own emotions. As a parent, you need to foster this child's ability to empathize and feel compassion for others. For instance, gently reminding him or her that their words should be not only clever or truthful, but also kind. Also, although a very "airy" child often has little affinity for animals (and may even have a definite aversion to them initially), having a pet to love and tend to would help to develop the feeling side of this child.

Because of the cerebral nature of the air-sign child, he or she can also depend too much on being entertained in a vicarious way—watching television or videos, or even reading too much—and his or her physical side may need to be encouraged more, for a healthy balance.