Kids Who See Ghosts: How to Guide Them Through Fear
Weiser Books (2010)
Reviewed by Joseph Yurt for Reader Views (09/10)
I have always lumped benevolent ghosts and spirits in with woodland faeries. I firmly believe in them when I’m with a young child, but not so much when I’m with “grown ups.” After reading Caron Goode’s “Kids Who See Ghosts,” I’m re-evaluating my beliefs!
Caron Goode is an inspirational speaker, psychotherapist and well-respected leader in the parent coaching field. In her preface, she writes that “Kids Who See Ghosts” is an up-close and personal look at ghosts, the kids who see them, and the parents who want to help. She states that the purpose of the book is to bridge the gap between the mainstream minds and the psychic minds. She says “It’s time to talk about this stuff so that the next generation can be more empowered in the face of their fears and so that parents might find understanding, reprieve, and compassion.”
But typically, people don’t want to talk about their child seeing ghosts for fear of ridicule and embarrassment. Yet, Goode did find eighteen parents who were willing to share their experiences and offer guidance in the book. She also includes explanations and answers to parents questions, i.e., “Is my child crazy?” or “Do they need to be on meds?” from professionals in psychology, child development, teaching, and paranormal disciplines. She also offers a disparate voice on the subject from a prominent skeptic. One thing that all the diverse voices in the book seem to agree on is the importance of listening to your child and believing in them – meaning, Goode says, “believe that the child believes!”
I feel it’s important to note that the book expands on the subject of children who see ghosts by including discussion of imaginary friends and intuition. I was especially intrigued by Susan Gale’s insightful comments on the heart and nature in relationship to empowering children, as well as Donna Seebo’s thoughts on how to help children learn to trust their intuition.
Caron Goode’s personal, conversational writing style makes for an engaging read. Her caring, passionate purpose for writing “Kids Who See Ghosts, is apparent throughout. While I’m still not sure where I stand on the subject of ghosts, I believe in Caron Goode!