There seems to be a consensus among our young children, they are frightened about today’s current events. Some parents keep children isolated from the news stories while others allow awareness.
After the 9/11 terrorist attack, I recall our network news people removed the videos of the planes flying into the towers because they frightened our children. It was stated that children didn’t understand the pictures were replays rather than continual events.
My fear as a child was nuclear war. We were in the midst of the “cold war”, the divisions between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R were becoming wider. In school we practiced hiding under our desks for protection, and yet, nothing would have saved us. We lived in constant fear of nuclear annihilation.
At the beginning of the Second World War, children and adults lived in fear of being overrun by the Japanese. The fear was so great that Japanese U.S. citizens were ripped from their homes, had their belongings confiscated and were imprisoned in “internment camps”.
It seems that in every generation the children has or had some fear, seemly out of their control, that overwhelms them. Yes, it could be mass shootings by terrorists, the bullying of super powers, or gang wars outside your door, but a terror indeed. And these fears goes back to the beginning of time.
As a parent your heart begins to break when you realize that the children begin to understand that not all the world is warm and cozy, but can be harsh, cold and cruel. It is at that point that we need to develop, solid, strong family. Family ties us together by a common love for each other. It should be the family that serves as a child’s example of stability and peace. Just as our Christ stands as our example of stability and peace for us.
WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR, BUT FEAR ITSELF. Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933