A child was visited at home by his friend. That
night the child declined to sleep in his room. He insisted on joining the parents
in their bedroom. The fear of his room was triggered when the friend asked the
child if he was not afraid to sleep so close to a window when ghosts and spirits
peep directly into the room.
The tactful approach to the situation should
have been for the parents to accede to what the child had pleaded for, at least,
for that night knowing that such fears wear off or become much less the next day.
Instead they thought it a good opportunity to enforce the parental discipline
over the child so that he abandons what was perceived as a "sissy" trait.
The parents, after a peaceful sleep with no sense of guilt, woke up in
the morning fully pleased with the result of their "putting the foot down".
And they would not ask the child how he slept because that would have undermined
the disciplinary strategy of the night.
to say, the child was restless that night because - he was a human-child, - and
if only the parents knew that! "Why believe in a ghost or spirit when you
have seen none and will see none of them ever in your life"? The father's
argument kept ringing in the child's ears; and he would ask himself: "Indeed
The child was betraying nothing more than a simple natural fear
of an Unseen -never seen before -because he, as human, has been created in the
nature of readily believing