I recently read an article that said contrary to popular belief kids worry as much as adults.
Top 5 things kids worry about MOST:
5) Monsters in the Dark
4) Parents Arguing & Fighting
3) Something Bad Happening to Their Parents
2) Stories in the News…that scare them
1) Moving and Leaving Friends
We all know that with age comes wisdom, and that some fears will diminish as children grow into mature adults. However, part of our job as good parents is to help our children process their worries in order to grow and mature in life. We need to validate or invalidate worries. We need to show children a true, biblical perspective of their topics of uncertainties.
Be intentional about unlocking the silent chambers of your child’s mind. Often times you see few external signs that allude to internal worries. Use daily teachable moments, one-on-one time, and family devotionals to help open up conversations about what your child may be quietly dwelling on each day.
The Book of Proverbs offers sound advice for parents by stating, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
There is no age too young (or too old) to start implanting wisdom. Ask your child what he/she worries about then offer some Godly Wisdom today.