Just like adults, children also 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 the world, I would deal with those realities. Worries tend to start around the time children start school, due to the endless demands and expectations they have 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 like they are. Looking back on my own life, although I had school worries and concerns too, I think I too focused on my own issues to hone in on the other worries.
Children tend to 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.
It’s possible that if we don’t handle our worries as children, we will struggle to handle our worries effectively as adults. Unfortunately, I have experiences of how traits from childhood can spill over into adult life.