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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

What worries you?

It seems there are so many things to worry about these days. I don't think there are too many people who you would come across who don't worry about something, if not many different things.

There is so much uncertainty around us. Everyday we hear of another company laying off their employees. We hear of tragic illness striking young and old alike. We worry about our own health, that of our loved ones. The list of things to worry about can go on and on, depending on the individual.

I think worry is part of being an adult. Do you remember worrying as a child? Some childhood anxieties are childhood only, but it seems in this changing world children are now worrying about adult situations as well.

What got me thinking of this?

An adult magazine came a long with Matthew's magazine this month. It had an interesting article compiled from surveying children in grade 4 to 8. While the survey was conducted using Canadian children, I don't think there is much difference in children that age no matter where they live. Sure there may be cultural differences but for the most part kids are kids.

Their Future:
60 percent of children surveyed worry about the future.

Health of Loved Ones:
60 percent of children surveyed worried about someone they love all or most of the time.

The Environment:
50 percent of children worried about the environment, 20 percent never think of it at all.

Problems in the World:
74 percent of children surveyed worry about global unrest and crisis.

Their Grades:
40 percent of children surveyed worry about their grades, 20 percent worry all the time.

Their Friends:
90 percent of girls surveyed worry about their friends, 80 percent for boys.

Being Bullied:
23 percent of children surveyed worry about being bullied.

Making Mistakes in Front of the Class:
75 percent of children surveyed worry about making a mistake.

I can remember being a very worried child, and I think I am a worried adult. Maybe some of the things children are worrying about these days is different from days gone by, but classic childhood worries I think, remain the same throughout the years.

What is your biggest concern? What do you think was your biggest worry as a child?

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

stats taken from : Parents Canada


Sue said...

Very thought provoking post, Pam! My Grandma who lived next door to us growing up was a total worry wart. She was anxious about EVERYTHING and that passed down to my Dad and the odd time to me. I think being a very high Type B personality, I don't "worry" about stuff a lot. I pretty much take things as they come, although some days, in those "not so submissive" days in my walk with God, worry over the future, mostly losing my hubby young(ish) ;-) is what worries me most.

I honestly can't think of any childhood worries though, other than maybe "will that boy like me?" (hee hee).

Great things to ponder today though!
Have a great day :-)

Kate said...

I am definitely a worrier and was as a child too. I know it doesn't do any good. Have a great week.

Toni said...

I try to not worry much, but leave all of those things to God to handle. He already konws what is coming and he knows what I need. I odn;t remember worrying as a child much either.

We are concerned over my hubbys job situaton, but I have faith that the Lord will take care of us, and as long as we are together we will be okay. you kow when one door closes another opens and who knows what door he will leadus through next.

Janet said...

I used to worry terribly about having to leave home one day. I couldn't begin to imagine how I would ope without my Mum and Dad. Today, I do worry about my daughter and her well-being, I worry about my Mum who is getting very old and frail now.

foleybf said...

I think if you are a worrier by nature that the types of worries you have change over time. Right now I feel like my childhood was carefree and I didn't have a care in the world compared to now, but I am quite positive that is not the case. I'm in my late 20's now and wonder how life was so worry free in college and my early 20's but that's not the case either...then I worried about graduating, and getting a job, and finding a place to live....now I worry about mortgage, and family, and making ends meet...soon I will have children and I can only imagine what worries will come with that! Not only will I worry for myself but I will worry for them! Great...now you have me worried! lol j/k

Brea's Mommy said...

The thing I worry about the most now is Taking care of Brea. I want to make sure that if something happens to me she will still be taken care of and that she will still be given every opportunity at a good life.
When I was in 8th grade I think my biggest worry was fitting in and looking my best.
I would say there is a big difference in priorities!

Randi Troxell said...

that survey actually made me open my eyes a bit. i know i tend to put a childs worries on the backburner... and thats not fair, not at all! thanks for printing this on your blog. i have scary worries... if im home alone (which rarely i am) i worry about someone breaking in, kidnapping me, i worry if doug (hubby) got to work safely..... yes, i can be a total worrier sometimes.

♥georgie♥ said...

wow the stats when you see them really make you go WOW...I know i worry to much and now I worry that it is rubbing off on my beans...

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Robbie said...

I tend to worry about health issues...with kids and hubby. But aside from that, I can't say I worry about much. I take more of a "cross that bridge as we come to it" approach. That survey is interesting though...my 8yo worries about things like that. I seem to remember being more carefree as a kid.

Sneaky Momma said...

My biggest worry as a child was that a loved one would die. Funny, that is my chief worry as an adult, too. :)

Mighty M said...

I tend to have pretty bad anxiety so I worry excessively. When I was kid I would get so upset if my dad was late getting home from work...I'd work myself up into a frenzy thinking something MUST have happened. I still tend to have those moments where I just need to say "relax".

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I used to be a BIG worrier but as I've gotten older it seems I worry less. As a child I had to walk a long block to catch the school bus and along the way there was a big black dog that scared me. I worried about having to pass that dog each day, and even had bad dreams about it...As an adult I find that health issues are what send me into a panic - mine or anyone I know & love. My sister was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in Jan. and that is a big, ongoing worry to me at this moment. I also find myself concerned for my youngest son and my son-in-law as they both work in banking. Scarey times.

Bee and Rose said...

I am a classic worrier! I worry about everything!
I really try to go with the flow, but some days I just worry all day long!

Funny...I never worried about a thing growing up!

Debbie said...

I think I was too busy playing as a child to worry. Unless it was about how to sneak a little extra dessert:)

momof3girls said...

I don't remember having any worrys as a child - until we moved, and I had to work at making new friends then I was worried about how I look, what label I was wearing, and if others would like me.
I feel that I am not much of a worrier as an adult. However when the news started showing tent towns springing up across the US, I got concerned -after hearing about the depression all my life from my grandparents. So I have to admit I find it comforting to plan ahead and stockpile groceries "just in case" and it usually allows me the opportunity when others are hurting to be able to "pull out" a bag of groceries and extra's to help others.

MoodyMommy said...

What a great post!!!

The Blonde Duck said...

Everything worries me.

kel said...

I was born a worrier and my daughter is the same. But how can you not worry when there are shootings on tv everyday?? war? recession? scandal??

Melissa said...

I worry about all kinds of things now, but I don't remember being like this as a child. I know that I used to worry about my mom, but wow! I had no idea that children worried so much!

Ter said...

I was a constant worrier as a child, and I continue to be. I think, though, some of my worry has been validated. Unfortunately, there are alot of things to worry about in life, but as parents, I think we need to teach our children to see the good side of life just as much we need to warn them of the not-so-good side. There needs to be a balance, (though hopefully life tips in the direction of the good side for them). What, I think, the challenge is, is to encourage awareness as oppose to worry.

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Susan said...

I can't think of a worry that I have right now but if you asked me back in Dec/Jan I would have told you a car accident/lose of child. This is due to one of my friends loosing a child in an accident in the beginning of Dec, so for awhile I was worried when I drove with my daughter in the car that something was going to happen. As a child I worried about grades, VERY happy that is over!

Lana said...

My worries as a kid were whether or not my neon pink slouch socks matched my neon green hair scrunchie. Ah, to be young again.

Veronica Lee said...

Like Bee and Rose, I'm also a classic worrier.

somethingaboutparenting said...

As a Grade 1 student, one of my biggest worries was whether the girl I had a crush on then would marry me.



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Cupcake Dessert said...

i have always been a worrier.. i worried about grades alot when i was a child but i have always worried about money :)