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#1 mummabear

Posted 20 December 2012 - 05:58 PM

My 12yo is terrified. I have explained everything the best way I can, but he is still walking around with stomach cramps.

All the ridiculous doomsayers make me so angry. My innocent son does not understand or deserve this.

I don't know how to make this better!

What a load of rubbish. sad.gif

Edited by mummabear, 21 December 2012 - 09:57 PM.


#2 VeritasVinum

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:07 PM

I am abad parent and my kids don't know the end if he world is neigh.

I do remember an end if the world stress when I was a similar age.


#3 Black Velvet

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:08 PM

I feel for you. My 9 year olds aren't terrified, but they do keep asking if the world really will end tomorrow and are obviously concerned. Roll on the 22nd.

#4 JustBeige

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:09 PM

no both my 11 and 12yr old know its a load of rubbish.  We have talked about it and we have explained that its something that some people believe - like Santa and God.  

As long as no one is trying to force us to believe the same then they arent hurting anyone.

I think I start by asking him why he believes these other people over you?


Does he believe in Santa / God / Tooth fairy?  maybe you can use that draw parallels.

#5 **Xena**

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:11 PM

My kids don't know about it.

Is there something in the world that is said to be true but isn't that you could use as an example as to why we have no reason to believe this is true? Or tell them just how many end of World predictions there have been (well into the millions) and this is just as fake as the rest.

#6 mummabear

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:26 PM

He says he doesn't believe it! But there's that nagging doubt that he could be wrong..and therein lies the problem.

It is awful to see him so knotted up. Not fair.

#7 JustBeige

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:30 PM

QUOTE (mummabear @ 20/12/2012, 07:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
He says he doesn't believe it! But there's that nagging doubt that he could be wrong..and therein lies the problem.

It is awful to see him so knotted up. Not fair.

oh bugger, you have a deep thinker.

So hard for them when they try and get their head around complex issues such as this (belief and faith), when their life experience is still so young.

Poor kid.

#8 Illiterati

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:40 PM

I told my kids when they asked - that since I was a kid there have been hundreds of times people have predicted the end of the world. And yet here we are.

In years gone by though we didn't have the Internet which makes all this stuff so full on and global which builds the hysteria as everyone is talking about it which gives it a weight and reinforces the belief.

And what was Gillard thinking making that 'humourous' video? Doesn't she realise children really look up to Prime Minister of Austalia as an important and trustworthy figure?

#9 kyrrie

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:41 PM

Mine thnk it is crazy and aren't scared.

Poor kid, tonight and tomorrow will be hard for him.

#10 wesse

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:43 PM

Poor little guy - I remember there was a big 'end of the world' drama when I was 12 as well... I was petrified that I wouldn't wake up in the morning. unsure.gif
Here is a link to the NASA explanation of why it won't happen
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012.html, sorry on my iPad and can't get the link post to work.
HIH

#11 Three Of Hearts

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:49 PM

OP I've been through this as a child and as an adult and I can tell you it is truly terrifying.  The best thing I can suggest is to keep him as distracted as possible tomorrow.

I was terrified the day they turned that machine on that was going to cause a black hole (CERN something).  I felt sick all day, but then the actual moment it was being turned on I was completely distracted helping my FIL and the next time I looked at my watch I had a smile from ear-to-ear realising we were all still here!

So all I can suggest is to keep him as busy and distracted as you possibly can.  I feel sorry for him because I really do know what its like.

#12 SeaPrincess

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:50 PM

I just asked mine if they knew the world is going to end tomorrow.  Their answers:

DS(7) As if
DS(5) Doubt it

Further elaboration from DS1 - it can't end tomorrow because it's Christmas on Tuesday, but just in case, can we stay up all night?

#13 lozoodle

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:56 PM

Oh the poor little guy, i hadnt even thought about how all the hype could affect kids given mine sre too young to know.

#14 Lyn29

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:57 PM

I didn't think anyone believed in that end of the world stuff - I did like the facebook status my DD posted though:


#15 Three Of Hearts

Posted 20 December 2012 - 07:00 PM

QUOTE (Lyn630 @ 20/12/2012, 07:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I didn't think anyone believed in that end of the world stuff


I remember as a young child at school a couple of boys in Year 6 told me the world would end in 2000.  It was only around 1993-94 when they said it but it terrified me.  So I can completely understand why it would upset children.

#16 i-candi

Posted 20 December 2012 - 07:21 PM

DS 13 doesn't believe, he was telling me all about the Mayan culture and the reasons for the calendar etc. It's actually fascinating what he was telling me.

Doesn't stop him stirring his 10 year old sister telling her the end is nigh!! lol

DD keeps asking me if it's all true, doesn't help that DH is away at the moment and he is unwell (DD is a daddies girl and is super worried about him).

#17 Jen1

Posted 20 December 2012 - 07:34 PM

My kids don't have a clue that the world is suppose to end tomorrow!!  I am sure we are going to be here the next day as well, as well as the Y2K.   laughing2.gif     My children are very excited to celebrate my birthday tomorrow with a full day of surprises and activities and there is going to be no world end at all.  So bring on tomorrow when I will be well over the hill!! biggrin.gif

Edited by Jen1, 20 December 2012 - 07:35 PM.


#18 ChunkyChook

Posted 20 December 2012 - 07:53 PM

DD has no idea at all.

So what is going to happen exactly? Is the world going to explode? And do they have a time? I am in for a facial and massage at 10am.



#19 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 20 December 2012 - 07:59 PM

My 11 yo has been worried for the last couple of weeks. She is a pretty sensitive girl though.

My 9 yo couldn't give a toss.



#20 Carmen02

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:01 PM

my 10yr old and 8yr old dont know a thing about it and plan to keep it that way. Distract lots tomorrow OP poor guy

#21 MickeyBoo

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:03 PM

My kids know nothing about it, we haven't spoken of it and it hasn't been on TV or anything that they can read/see.

#22 ~iMum~

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:04 PM

My DS's (9 and almost 7) have been talking about it the past few days. They're full of bravado and zombie scenarios, but I can tell there's a bit of concern there, too. I don't even know where they heard about it.

#23 *LiMa*

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:11 PM

I remember the 'end is nigh' sh*te from about 92.  I was your DS's age, and whilst I knew nothing about it in the lead up to the big event, I stayed at a friends house that night and her Dad was going on about it.  I was SO scared that I would die and wouldn't be with my family that I cried most of the night (although I only started after both my friend and her parents were asleep so they had no idea).  

I think a nice day of distracting activities are in order OP.  I feel for your boy.

#24 kadoodle

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:20 PM

My 8yo DS1 has his knickers in a twist about it too.  I explained about hos the Mayan calender isn't ending, just moving into a new phase and people misinterprited it.  Logically he understands, but still feels that so many worries doomsayers can't ALL be wrong.

#25 ~sydblue~

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:23 PM

My 13 & 8 yr olds really don't care, but they also love Zombie movies and watched a movie about 3 people in an EOTW type scenario today called 'The Beginning' with Harry Belafonte in it. DD13's comment was 'He sings the banana song and the one that reminds us of uncle ****.'




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