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ERIC Number: EJ1003095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1946-0406
Childhood Fears and Worries: Opening the Doors to Conversation
Schreiber, Jean
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n208 p40-42 Nov-Dec 2012
Although parents may try to shield their children from information that may be upsetting to them, inevitably they will be exposed to life's challenges and painful realities. People live in the "information age" and children are frequently bombarded with overwhelming news from the media. Since children are very aware of the emotions of the adults who care for them, they can quickly tune into the anxieties of their parents and teachers. How can one respond to these questions honestly, age appropriately, and as reassuringly as is possible? While attempting to protect children, parents sometimes avoid sharing information--even that which is developmentally appropriate--with them. Most parents find it uncomfortable to see their child upset; and, at times they are afraid to hear what is on their minds. But, when parents don't talk to children about their concerns, they often "fill in the blanks" with their own theories and fantasies. These fantasies can be much more frightening than the reality. (Contains 3 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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