Kids’ Big Fears, Part II

The catch in the woman’s voice and the emotional tone of her phone call suggested something terrible had happened. She told me that her sister–the mom of one of our campers–had died. Most children have a normal yet profound fear of losing a parent or guardian. I use the term “child” fairly loosely because that fear doesn’t go away on one’s 18th birthday. Some people might argue that it becomes more intense with age, consciously or unconsciously. As youth-development professionals, …


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