FYI, children are people, with real, complex emotions, experiences, and lives.
They’re not little pre-humans whose feelings are just playing pretend until they reach adulthood and experience ‘real’ things.
Their lives are not pre-lives that should follow some script of childhood innocence until they become part of the ‘real world.’
Children are capable of feeling real love, anger, hurt, joy, etc. They’re not ‘resilient’ any more than adults, and I fucking hate that idea because it seems to be used to justify treating children like shit as though they’re not human, just unformed putty and it doesn’t matter how they’re treated.
So making fun of or denying the validity of children’s feelings and deciding that nothing they go through is actually meaningful or has a real affect on their life is so fucking wrong and harmful because…wait for it….children are people.