Just like adults, children have their share of worries, concerns and daily demands. When I look back on my childhood, I can see I had more than my fair share.
I would withdraw for long periods, then when it was time to face the world I would deal with my realities. Worries for children may start around the time they start school, due to the endless demands and expectations put upon them.
Children’s worries tend can be age related and although their worries aren’t adult worries, to children they probably feel like they are. Looking back, although I had school worries and concerns, I focused more on my own personal issues around my disability.
I wasn’t oblivious. I had an element of understanding. But the nature of children is that they may worry about adolescence, about peer pressure. They may also worry about being bullied in school, they may worry about not making the school team, but to a child, those disappointments may seem like the end of the world.
But it is possible that if children don’t handle their worries when they’re small, they may struggle to handle them effectively as adults. I have experience of how traits from childhood can spill over into adult life.