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A conversation about the end of the world, with my 9 year old daughter

Updated on September 14, 2012

The end of the world!...apparently.

How a child's mind processes Adult issues.

Children are even worrying about the end of the world!

To myself, it seems totally absurd that in a society where children go to the cupboard when they get hungry, go to an adult when another child is bullying them, and go to a doctor or mother for medicine when they are poorly, that they are sitting at home worrying about adults discussing the end of the world, which is currently predicted for 21st December 2012.

What made me think of this issue today? Well as the heading of this article suggests, it was my 9 year old daughter.

I was waking this morning, hoping to get on with some chores, and not anything of real substantial thought in my brain, apart from whether to iron the school uniform or do some more washing first.

All of a sudden my daughter totters into my bedroom and asks if she can talk to me. Whenever they ask instead of just blurting a large speech, it as a mother makes me worry. So as you can imagine, they are immediately given my time.

The conversation!

Daughter; " Mum, can I ask you something?"

Me; " What's up?"

Daughter; " My friends are saying that the world is going to end in 2012, is it really, and how do they know?"

Me; " No, the world is not going to end in 2012. That is the latest predicted date for the world to end, because it is the end of the Mayan calender. They were an old people and you can not write for the future to infinity!"

Daughter; " So after 2012 there will be no more calenders?"

Me; " No darling, it means nothing will happen, but maybe I should not bother with Christmas presents that year just in case it does, don't want to waste money!"

Daughter;" But, the moon was a planet and that died!"

Me;" Just let me get up and get dressed!"

And there goes our highly intelligent conversation. Well what else can you expect from a grown up that doesn't like being bugged early Sunday morning?!

Lets face it though, what chance do I have of convincing a 9-year-old girl, that the world is not going to end, when she sees all the articles and news feeds about the world ending. Grown adults are telling people that the world is going to end.

Obviously I saw the funny side of my daughter thinking the end of the Mayan calendar meant there would no longer be any calendars. I suddenly got an image of all these religious fanatics confiscating calendars and burning them all.

The sad side is that children have to listen to a bleak foreboding of them not having a future to look forward to.

These fanatics that cause this kind of panic and influence the innocent with fear, should not be allowed to benefit from any money they make from such idiotic ramblings. Because they can protest to be believers of what they preach as much as they like, but in my eyes it is purely through greed that they do these things.We are animals, no human would EVER know the end of the world was upon us!

Predict the future? Is it already written?

Have you ever discussed the end of the world with a child?

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  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from UK

    Thanks SweetiePie

    I know, they could have the grace to say " Oops, I was wrong" but instead, they'll go make a new date. We're all going to die eventually, it's living with the time you have that should matter.

  • SweetiePie profile image


    5 years ago from Southern California, USA

    Hehe, I remember all the preppers. What I found so hilarious was that there were people that actually thought the world was ending, and come 2013 they never admitted "well maybe I was wrong about that!". Great hub.

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from UK

    They certainly are awesome. I feel we get more insight in to deeper meanings of life from questions children give us than any adult could ask.

    There are apparently quite a few more predicted dates to the end of the world. I would rather live life than fear death so I am happy, I just hope I pass that sentiment on to my children.

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    Judah's Daughter 

    7 years ago from Roseville, CA

    Well, at least you told her YOU may not buy the Christmas presents...hopefully, she already knows Santa isn't real and grown-ups talk about him all the time ~ lol What's the difference in predicting the end of the world? This might be a great comparison for her to understand. Santa's all about marketing and money, just like the Dec 21, 2012 is... Of course, after Dec 21, 2012 passes and people are opening their presents on Dec 24 and 25th, there'll be a new 'end-of-the-world' date set, just like there'll be another stocking on someone's mantle on Dec 24, 2013.

    Love children! They're so awesome.

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from UK

    I can't believe I haven't answered to the recent posts, I can only think I have accepted them and promised I would come back to answer them, before one of my children asked me another strange and unusual question.

    Brett, I think it was more something to do with the age of Aquarius starting and the end of the age of Pisces, but they have always stated that there could be a 200 year difference between predictions.

    I personally want the day I die to be in blissful ignorance and just carry on as normal.

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    Brett C 

    7 years ago from Asia

    Very Cute story, no need to check things off your calenders lol.

    Anyway, I believe that the prediction is that the world as we know it will end. It doesn't mean that the world will end, just that a big change is coming.

    Personally, nothing is set until it happens, so I'm gonna enjoy life as usual.

    Thanks for SHARING.

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    WD Curry 111 

    7 years ago from Space Coast

    I miss that age, my daughters are grown. I think you did well to listen. Sometimes they just need to ask out loud and run it by you. No answer is sufficient to that tripe. "Don't worry dear, It is marketing hype." . . . "They don't really know how to interpret the Mayan calendar, they just want to look smart" . . . "We'll just have to wait and see" . . . "Just get up and get dressed". The last one got her mind off of it.

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    Neil Sperling 

    7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

    I love the way you opened this hub - all the positives and people worry so foolishly. the globes monetary system may end though!

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from UK

    I am glad that my children do still communicate with me, as it sounds as though it is less and less common.

    It is up to us to teach our children to look forward. Thank you for leaving a comment.

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    Kawaljit kaur 

    7 years ago from JALANDHAR, Punjab (India)

    It was a beautiful Mom daughter conversation. It also reflects the concern of our small children regarding the future. It is a basic human instinct that we all live either in past or future. we are worried abt our future. let we all learn to live in present. If there is any tomorrow for us, we will definitely SEE it. Loved your hub.

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    Shalini Kagal 

    7 years ago from India

    Interesting hub! Children do see things in such a simple, logical way, don't they?

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    Ireno Alcala 

    7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

    A very refreshing hub!!! Kids are so logical in their way of thinking that they have all the witty answers and questions (too!) regarding facts of life, especially end of the world.

    Mom Emma, your kid was so right. There will be no more calendar after 2012. Heheh. You know the answer (tickle, tickle!).

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from UK

    Barbara, I have o agree that some children are losing all aspect of reality because of television. My daughter got this from the internet and her friends. Now if only I could stop my husband gorping at the television as easily as I stop my kids. Thank you for sharing those personal things with me.xx

    Sueswan, That is so sad. Children do not have all the facts to judge and even adults get it completely wrong. That girl must have been so scared.

    Harold camping should definately never ever benefit from this.

    Rachelle, I am split between what I would want, as I want the Earth to win, but also man, it is my species, and it is natural to want your kind to survive. We need to teach children to embrace the future, not be fearful of it. These fanatics should be prosecuted.

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    Rachelle Williams 

    7 years ago from Tempe, AZ

    The end of the world has been coming since the world began, and 100 years from now, if man's dominance still exists...they will read about our 2012 panic in the history books.

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    7 years ago

    I read that a 14 year old Russian girl committed suicide because she was so scared of the May 21 doomsday and rapture prediction made by Harold Camping.

    He and the media are responsible for her death in my opinion.

    Freedom of speech should not come at the cost of an innocent girl's life.

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    Barbara Turpin 

    7 years ago from N. California

    wow.....I may be odd man out here. My hubby is a VN vet, we were married 6wks when he got drafted and gone. I'm thankful news was little in coming, then. Now, I like to know the news is out there IF I wanna know it.

    When my kids were young, they were given limited time for TV. No matter what I did/did not allow, at school they were given the assignments of 'CURRENT EVENTS'. Forced to do a report/read/write on these things. There are video games out there, some are violent, most are spine chilling and speak about 'end of this world!!"

    I, personally, think some kids (not any here) are allowed SO much 'couch' time, they don't know 'real' violence, from 'Hollywood' violence. That seems to give thought to 'nothing is real'

    It hard for young children with limited time, to understand that there IS a difference. Their classmates tell them different.

    My children knew about death early, when their grandmother died. Fluffy clouds in the sky, those are 'those' angels watching over them. If mentioned names, we looked up (hoping for a cloud!), found that person and knew we were somewhat 'safe'

    They're now adults, and look at death as a part of life....a natural end to THAT life. We STILL mention our angels, our grandson sees 'his' angels.

    It was easy then, makes it easier now.....for understanding.

    Ok....I went off in 2 directions!! End of life, or end of world! Thank God mine are old enough to make their one decision. This MUST be a hard discussion! My angels will keep me safe at that 'end'

    Thank you for a GREAT hub, great subject!

    Voted up all across the board!

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from UK

    Miccimom. Thank you for your compliment, and I would certainly have some stern words with these fanatics.

    Cogerson, I wish my daughter was not so gullible, but she is very soft hearted and worries about others always. These fanatics want others to live in misery and despair, but they have benefits from this.

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    7 years ago from Virginia

    I really enjoyed reading your hub....I can imagine a 9 year old being concerned.....very funny line about no more calenders. Makes me glad my 5 year old is not hearing about the end of the world at school....nicely done.

  • miccimom profile image


    7 years ago from U.S.A

    This was a good Hub! I also am annoyed at these fanatics that insists it is the end of the world. My kids were upset the first time around this nonsense was posted in the headlines. I try to explain the best I can that the world will not end. That in this world now adays, the news is sometimes untrue depending on what side of the fence you are sitting on. This is why I dont even watch the news anymore expect for sports, weather, and traffic. The media has become more about ratings than the truth. I would LOVE a news channel that focuses more on postive things that happen, then all of the sad, bad news. Voted Up!

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from UK

    You are welcome and yes I share the same sentiment Jeannie. Whenever the news does this to me, I stop reading for a while.

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    No wonder everyone is so down all the time now. You look at headlines on one paper telling you the world is going to end and then you see the headlines on the next paper telling you the economy is in the toilet. Sometimes it makes me want to scream. Of course a small child would be bothered by all of this, too.

    This is a very interesting hub and thank you for sharing the conversation with us.


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