The child's world often revolves around dreams and fantasy. Imaginary friends, places and play can seem entirely real, and yet in dismissing these as 'just your imagination', many adults cut a tie that can be the key to understanding a child.
Unseen Worlds explores children's experiences of creative play, fairies, angels, imaginary friends, dreams and seeing deceased relatives alongside the more frightening realms of nightmares and the unexplained. It breaks new ground by giving voice to children of various ages to express how they encounter these different worlds and why they often keep them a secret. Kate Adams emphasises that whilst many adults forget what it feels like to be a child, developing a little empathy and understanding can enhance relationships with children and lead to positive change, both in parenting and professional practice.
This insightful book will be of great interest to educators, counsellors, youth and community workers, childcare providers, parents and anybody else who seeks to understand, nurture, and strengthen relationships with children of all ages.
Kate Adams, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln, England. Her research interests include children's spiritual lives and the significance of dreams for children. Kate is co-author of The Spiritual Dimension of Childhood also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Acknowledgements. Preface. 1. Living in Multiple Worlds. 2. Worlds of Play. 3. Seeing the Unseen. 4. The Worlds at Night. 5. The Darker Worlds. 6. It's Just Your Imagination. 7. Accepting Children's Worlds. 8. Affirming Children's Worlds. 9. Returning to Childhood. References. Index.