Young children can often experience night terrors, wake up from a dreamy sleep and perceive shadows floating in the room. Their growing brains and shifting brain states create changing perceptions all day long. Sometimes, in a preschooler’s world, moving from a television cartoon to watching a movie to helping mom cook to reading a book can seem like a long tunnel of shifting perceptions. Yet when a child sees an image like a deceased grandparent consistently over time, what does that really mean? How we interpret such an image depends upon our culture.
In some cultures, children who see grandma are taken to therapists and the family discusses accepting that the child believes what he or she sees and how to support or not support that, depending upon the family values. In another culture, grandma is the young child’s guardian who is present from the time of birth, and they are conversant.
If you want to know how to guide your child through their ghost experiences, whether real or not real to you, follow the blog tour for Dr. Caron Goode’s newest book, Kids Who See Ghosts, guide them through their fears. Today is Day 2 at http://www/margodill.com/blog.