The week before last we had a rather tough one with Little man C. On Monday I had to go and fetch him at school in the middle of the day as he was complaining of a tummy ache and they had a rota virus alert at the school. He really looked out of sorts - not himself, but as soon as I dropped him off with Lucy he cheered up and he never was sick or complained the rest of the day. Tuesday night (and every night going forward) I had a question from him: "What day is it tomorrow?" I'd say Wednesday (or whatever) and then he asked if he goes to school on a Wednesday (or whatever) to which I would reply with a yes. He would then burst into tears and say that his tummy will hurt again and I would explain that it would not as he is not sick. But I have learned long ago that a sore tummy is often about emotional stuff and not real tummy aches - so I said to Hunter that something was up at school. I have to admit that my first thought was bullying.
By the Sunday night he just broke down at bath time and I asked him if someone hurt him to which Little man L replied with a name. C confirmed it an asked that I fetch him after lunch as he gets hurt after lunch. I then mentioned it to the teacher the next day who was rather surprised as the named child is one of his close friends. But promised to handle it which the school does rather well in general. But the tears continued until on Thursday. I had another chat to the teacher who said to me that she has just figured out what the problem was.She let Little man C pick up a DVD and show to me and he told me that this DVD is now going home with one of the kids and will never return to school. A big smile followed. It turned out he was scared to death of.... Charlie and the Chocolate factory! (They watch DVD at school in the cold months or rainy days in the late afternoon from 4 onwards).
So my question is, do we really know what scares kids? I would not have thought that this one would have, but it is the way Johnny Depp looks in the movie that scares him - not the story or a scene. Some of the Disney movies are quite scary too - in particular I found some scenes in The Princess and the Frog very scary.. I know the Princess was so scared of The Lion King when she first saw it (the scene with the stampede). The school has promised that they will now stick to Barney, Noddy and so forth. Safe stuff.
So what scares your kids, or you for that matter? (I remember crying my heart out and being so scared in the fire scene in Bambi as a kid). And how do you handle this issue with kids? I for one like to watch a movie or DVD with my kids for the first time so that I can handle any issues if needed.