Just like adults, children have their share of daily demands, worries and concerns. When I look back on my own 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 the world, I would deal with those realities. Worries for children tend to start around the time they start school, due to the endless demands and expectations put upon them.
Children’s worries tend to be age related and although their worries aren’t adult worries, to children they probably feel like they are. Looking back on my life, although I had school worries and concerns, I seemed to focus more on my own personal issues around my disability.
I wasn’t completely oblivious though. On some level there was an element of understanding. Children worry about fitting in. They worry about adolescence, about peer pressure. They may also worry about being bullied in school. Not making the school team or house captain may be seen by some as character building, but to a child, those disappointments seem like the end of the world.
But it is possible that if children don’t handle their worries as children, they will struggle to handle them effectively as adults. I have experience of how traits from childhood can spill over into adult life.