Magazine article Psychology Today

Childhood Never Gets Old

Magazine article Psychology Today

Childhood Never Gets Old

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A SUREFIRE WAY to get excited about the future is to spend the day with a few children whose only task is to be themselves. For adults, the future is explicit: goals to be reached and challenges to be surmounted-challenges that are increasingly related to senescence and perhaps to a perceived lack of time. For young kids the future is just the opposite: It is amorphous, even inconceivable-but it is theirs.

I was fortunate to spend such a day preparing this issue, the first of 2019, with a group of kids (and extended FT family members), at a photo shoot to accompany "Orchids and Dandelions," an investigation of individual differences in temperament and stress responsivity.

In speaking to children about how they comfort themselves when they're having a bad day, or what they do to cheer up others, I realized that a certain profound ability comes online very early, a sense of how to cope with the world. …

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