I am sure just like adults, children have their fair share of daily demands, worries and concerns. When I look back on my childhood, I can see that I had more than my fair share.
I would withdraw for short periods, then when it was time to face reality, I would deal with my realities. Worries tend to start around the time children start school, due to the endless demands and expectations that are put upon them in school and potentially at home too.
Children’s worries tend to be age related and although their worries aren’t adult worries, to children they probably feel very much like adult worries. Looking back now, although I had school worries and concerns too, I was too focused on my own emotional and physical issues to hone in on the standard childhood worries.
What do children worry about?
Children tend to worry about fitting in. They may also worry about going through adolescence or may also worry about peer pressure. They may worry about being bullied in school or not making the school team or even house captain.
Not making the school team or house captain may be seen by some as character building, but to a child, those disappointments may seem like the end of the world, particularly if they’ve pinned their hopes on achieving that status.
It’s possible that if we don’t handle our worries as children, we’ll struggle to handle our worries effectively in the same way as adults, until we learn how to stop ourselves from worrying. Unfortunately, I have first-hand experience of how these traits can spill over into adult life.