At what point did you feel your childhood had come to an end?

@ESKARENA1 (18299)
February 26, 2008 3:21pm CST
We all have to grow up at one point or another, is there a point where your childhood ended?
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@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
23 Mar 08
Yes, when i finally have to think of doing that is worthwhile. Giving up on my kids stuffs .
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
23 Mar 08
Does that include your dreams ?
• United States
1 Mar 08
My childhood ended when I went to Viet-Nam.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
1 Mar 08
hey, im off to vietnam next year, hope its as good as it looks
@derek_a (10902)
29 Feb 08
I can't say I really noticed. I think I am still a big kid! LOL
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
29 Feb 08
in myt opinion then my friend, you have got it just about right long may you remain so blessed be
@lucksath (92)
• India
29 Feb 08
Hello ESKARENA1, I am from a family of 6 children. I am third among them. My childhood ended immediately after my completion of elementary school as I have to help my mother to bring up the other 3 - remember all are girl children. By the time all the other three grew up - my elder sister got married and had a little kid and since I had the experience of helping my mother, I helped my sister also - this happened till my marriage. All the best.
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
29 Feb 08
yes i can see how your possition in your family would bring your childhood or carefree time to an end
@miller1978 (1104)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I believe that my childhood ended as soon as I started high school. In order to get the things I wanted I had to get a job and pay for them on my own. From my very first car to where I am at in the present. In all this I also ended up pregnant before graduating high school so I had to figure out how to save money to support my child that would be born soon after I graduated. While being a pregnant senior I also worked 3 part time jobs and saved enough money for when she was born that I could stay on maternity leave for the first 3 months of her life. I didn't really have any parental guidance on how to create good credit or save money to keep my head above the water. Today I am still struggling with certain issues due to all this but after 11 years of being out of school I am able to finally say that I can correct most of my mistakes and keep working towards a future for myself and children.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
26 Feb 08
great for you I just hope you are in a possition to ensure your child does not have to struggle too hard blessed be
@novataylor (6572)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I'd like to think that my childhood hasn't ended, but been temorarily suspended. I belong to the Peter Pan school of thought. I won't grow up. Of course, I do what I need to do as an adult. Well, at least most of it...But I keep the child close - it's the only thing that keeps me sane, which is odd, considering how it's the child in me that makes me so 'crazy', silly, goofy, but sane. I just think it's important to do that, for everyone. You've gotta be able to kick things aside once in a while, and kick those leaves, do that spin, drive that bike, ride that horse, anything that makes you feel free, like you did when you were a child. It'll make for a happier adult, way more well-adjusted, I think, and more able to cope with what life throws at us. So, in answer to your question, my lovely Eskarena, my childhood has ended yet. And I don't expect it to, anytime soon. :)
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
26 Feb 08
Hahahah my friend, i think you are so lucky to hold on to all the things that are given to us to make us enjoy our carefree time. I think it is healthy and we are twisted out of shape by things sent against us blessed be
@queenofarms (1665)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I believe my childhood ended when I got married and had my first child. Thats when I had to grow up....
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
26 Feb 08
I think that will be the case for most women, we tend to become adults when we give birth, certainly was the case for me. Even though my first child did not live long, those first moments that i spent with her alone mad me grow to an adult blessed be
• United States
26 Feb 08
for me it ended when i was 10 me father was taking me to places where "kids' shouldn't be at and he took me to work at his job and he told me "your not a kid anymore its time to grow up." i couldn't tell if that was a good thing or a bad one...
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
26 Feb 08
I think 10 is far too young to be leaving your carefree time but each to their own. How do you feel about it?
@bobet17 (158)
• Philippines
23 Mar 08
I think when Im 12 years old that was my high school life started,I dont have time to my friends before because I met new friends where they are serious interms of studying and I forgot to play anymore I begun to put makeup on my face.That was the end.
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@Ohara_1983 (4120)
• Kuwait
27 Feb 08
i think when i was working in abroad, when i leave my hometown , living my friend that time i feel that my childhood is already finish it time for me to think that am already grow, grow us a one person can handle whatever cercumtances will come to my life.not depending my parent nor my friend.
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@channuk (23)
• Philippines
27 Feb 08
It depends on what is your definition of childhood? Is it physical? or something very psychological? is it your emotion? or your attitude? the way you look at life and the way you perceive things? children or kids surprise me lots of times..they have these unique wisdom in seeing things..the way they look at the world has lessons for us adults to learn..i think it takes a paradigm shift to look at the world through the eyes of our "inner child"..i think we still have it..it only needs a deep understanding of who we are..takes time listening...
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
22 Mar 08
I realized mine ended the moment my dad stepped out of the house and left us for another woman. :( I was 12 years old then, barely 15 days after my birthday... my uncle fetched us at school and said we had to go home immediately cause we my dad will talk with us and it is important that we immediately be home. We were sitting in our living room, my dad was sitting across my brother, i remember his words that he was asked by my mom to choose between us, his family or the lady he has cheated my mom with.. and he said he choses the other woman. I tried to held back my tears.. but it kept on falling in my eyes - i thought at that time, what am i going to do? Reality was creeping my young mind of 12 years, that i no longer have a father, that he choses another woman instead of us, his family... :(
@rb200406 (1825)
• India
22 Mar 08
I think it has not been a sudden expereince.I never actually realosed that my childhood has gone.Not until i think i married & hhad a seperate life with responsibilities.As long as i didn't have one i felt as a child only.
• Philippines
3 Mar 08
I always remain youthful so I feel that my childhood hasn't ended.Well,maybe it would end when I have kids.
@megumiart (3781)
• United States
28 Feb 08
I think I had to "grow up" when my parents got divorced when I was 11. I didn't want to, but I had to pitch in with a lot of help around the house and stuff after my dad left.
@arkaf61 (10883)
• Canada
27 Feb 08
I'm not sure. It think it was a very slow transition and I never really notice when one ended and another started. Actually I think they're still both here inside of me so basically it never ended. I suppose I can think of ended childhood as the time that I actually came here and had responsibilities that I had never had before.
• Philippines
27 Feb 08
When i ended first year highschool, i beggining to be busy at school assignments and group work instead of playing with friends outside our house, I am with my classmate taking reviews and doing projects. I became studious and became serious with my studies. That is how i became and i felt my childhood ended.
@ellie333 (21029)
26 Feb 08
It hasn't I'm in my forties and still living it now, I may have more responsibily but I like to wake up each day with a childlike enthuism (prob spelt wrong) because it makes me stronger and able to accept the life things that happen rather than fighting against them. Acceptance. Ellie :D