Childhood worries

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.


29 Jun, 2012

6 thoughts on “Childhood worries

  1. I remember worrying about my parents and losing them.

    I didn’t worry about any of the stuff mentioned, and I definitely didn’t worry about my medical problems. I was carefree unless it had to do with my family. I depended on my parents to take care of me and that’s what they did.

    I expect they probably did to much for me spoiling me a little but I would have nightmares about losing them and wake up crying. I loved them very much and still do.

    Love was a huge theme in my life growing up and I feel it’s a very important subject to any child.

    1. Lisa it sounds like we both relied on our parents to care for our medical problems. My parents were the most important thing in my life back then. Emotionally I relied on them more than my other siblings did.

      I believe it saved me from having to work through the rest of what would be potential worries that other children seem to consume that I didn’t. Perhaps that was the same for you.

      My sister continues to tell me that I was lucky in that regard. I think she’s right.

  2. Children shouldn’t have a lot to worry about when they’re growing up. I know I grew up in a world where we had to worry about things like where we were going to be living and what we would have to eat from day to day.

    It just made for a consistent nightmare that we didn’t really have any great chance of escaping from when we were so young. It still haunts me to this day and I spend a lot of time trying very hard to forget what it was like.

    I’m just trying to learn how to move beyond it now so I could actually enjoy my life for a change!

    1. I am really sorry you had such a hard time as a child Randy.

      I totally agree with you that children shouldn’t have a lot to worry about when they’re growing up, after all they’re children.

      I really do hope that you will be able to get past this point, so that you can begin to enjoy your life a little more.

  3. I was very independent from my parents as a child and they allowed me to do whatever I wanted so I only ever worried about myself. I guess I was fortunate.

    1. You probably didn’t think you were, but looking back I am sure you know you were fortunate. You paved your own way in life but that may also have its pitfalls too.

      You have to remember to include others in your decision making, which you didn’t need to do as a child. It’s a new thought process but one I feel will be worth the effort.

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