Death & my kids obsession

I really don’t know where it comes from, and I’m hoping it’s just a phase, but both my children are obsessed with death and dying.

Near on every day, J & K will mention death, dying or their toys will act out death scenes.

They ask constant questions about death. They ask who will look after them when we die and who will be their mummy.

On the odd occasion they have told their dad to find them a new mummy when I die (they obviously don’t want me as a mummy *sniff sniff*)

I don’t know where the obsession has come from. They don’t watch particularly harsh television. I mean, I ban them from watching The Simpsons because of the violence between Homer & Bart!!

I guess for now, I can just try to answer their questions about death as best I can, and hope that they will snap out of being so morbid!!

Is it “normal” for kids to be so obsessed with death? Has your child/ren ever been through this phase before? How did you overcome it??

K acting out a “dead” scene with her toys


  1. August 15, 2011 / 5:33 pm

    I think it is quite normal, well I hope it is as mine are going through a similar phase. 5 & 3 yrs old, watch cbeebies and some Disney, & the other day were running around saying “Let's kill daddy” Charming hey! It is only taking up a small minority of their role playing but still, not nice to hear. We talk about it then move on!

  2. August 15, 2011 / 7:20 pm

    DO NOT PANIC! It is definitely a 'stage' thing! I guess it's when they get to an age that they realise we don't all live forever… My kids are older than Melksham Mum's… believe me, it's just the first of many *stages*. My youngest is obsessed with the word *gay* at the moment. It can be VERY embarrassing!!!

  3. August 15, 2011 / 8:12 pm

    Thank you!! They are nearly 6 & 4.5. I kind of expect it from J as he's a typical boy and in to fighting .. But K is quite morbid really lol. I'm hoping she'll grow out of it soon!!

    Ooh Lara, I'm not looking forward to that phase lol. j can be embarrassing as it is without that added lol.. Hope it stops soon.