My son and his friends were discussing the end of the world reports. They brought up the Mayan 2012 end of the world prophecy and it was obvious from their voices and body language they were very scared.
I realized that since I disregarded these doomsday predictions, I assumed my child did as well. After listening to them surreptitiously, I see I should have been more active in reassuring my son.
One of his friends revealed to the group that his parents were very scared and that he had read some people had committed suicide, while others had used all their savings to live it up during the last days.
I checked it out and found that 1-in-10 people believe that the Mayans have prophesied the end of the world. That’s a lot of people.
How do we help our kids not be fearful? One way is to stick to the facts. I have told my son that there have been multiple end of the world predictions in the history of our world and obviously none have come true. I also explained that people start spreading this information because they want to make money through selling movies, books, survival kits, gas masks, bomb shelters, etc. Unfortunately, when this end of the world prediction fails, a new doomsday theory will emerge.
We also looked up the Mayan leaders denounce doomsday predictions and that archaeologists found a cache of Mayan calendars which extend thousands of years past 2012.
I saw visible relief in my son’s face.
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Article by Nuria Almeida
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