childhood


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to childhood: Childhood development

second childhood

1. A time in a person's life (especially an older person) when their mental capacity is reduced to that of a child, as due to disease or old age. After my grandfather suffered his second stroke, he really entered into a second childhood.
2. A period of rejuvenated or renewed interest in things that interest a child. Being a part of my son's life as he grows up has been like a second childhood for me, because seeing him experience the magic of the world has made me appreciate it again as well. Jerry's sort of been in his second childhood ever since he lost his job, as he's gotten back into model train building and video games.
See also: childhood, second

childhood friend

A friend that one has had since childhood or had in childhood. Ellen is one of my childhood friends—I've known her since I was seven! Ray was one of my childhood friends, but I haven't seen him in years. Gosh, I wonder how he's doing these days.
See also: childhood, friend

in one's second childhood

Fig. [of an adult] interested in things or people that normally interest children. My father bought himself a toy train, and my mother said he was in his second childhood. Whenever I go to the river and throw stones, I feel as if I'm in my second childhood.
See also: childhood, second

second childhood

The dotage of old age; also, childlike playfulness in an adult. For example, Grandpa needs full-time care, now that he's in his second childhood, or Since he retired and started learning to fly, he's been in his second childhood. Depending on the context, this term may allude either to such problems of old age as losing one's mental or physical capacities or to delighting in new pleasures in a childlike fashion. [c. 1900]
See also: childhood, second

second childhood

COMMON
1. An adult's second childhood is a period of time when they have fun and do things that children typically enjoy. My father was a model railway man. My mother passes this off as his second childhood.
2. An elderly person's second childhood is when their mind has become weak and they can no longer care for themselves. We were shocked by his rapid descent into a second childhood.
See also: childhood, second

second childhood

a state of childishness that sometimes occurs in old age.
See also: childhood, second

a/your second ˈchildhood

a period in life, especially in old age, when you sometimes act like a child, forget things, etc: I have to feed her and dress her. She’s really in her second childhood.
See also: childhood, second
References in periodicals archive ?
Tammy Smith, Vice President of Early Childhood Merchandising for the company explained, "For more than 20 years, Really Good Stuff has served the K-12 school market, delivering the teaching materials, school supplies, resources, equipment, furniture and organizational products that help teachers teach and students learn.
After achieving nearly universal 9-year basic education, China is increasingly emphasizing policy development and service delivery in early childhood education.
Childhood, founded by Her Majesty Queen Silvia in 1999, works with community-based organizations to fund programs that prevent childhood abuse and exploitation; intervene in instances of abuse; educate and empower children; and provide a safe and loving environment for children at risk.
After reading this handbook, the early childhood professional will be well-informed and able to fully participate in the dialogue about RtI in early childhood.
University of Toronto researchers indicated that women who were physically abused in childhood were more likely to be obese than women from non-abusive homes.
This book takes an in-depth look at childhood from a number of different perspectives.
Dubai Around 250 educators and delegates are expected to participate in a conference for Early Childhood Educators today in Dubai.
Childhood eczema and rhinitis predict atopic but not nonatopic adult asthma: A prospective cohort study over 4 decades.
Damascus, (SANA) - Regional Arab Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education held a session Wednesday, chaired by Assistant Minister of Education Suleiman al-Khateeb, focused on creative initiatives at the early childhood stage.
The study of more than 15,000 elderly people in China by a Michigan State University researcher suggests that fighting hunger throughout childhood not only saves lives and improves health but also may enhance cognitive well-being in late life.
Negative experiences in childhood may alter not only an adult's psychology, but his or her physical health into middle age and beyond.
A case-control study of 43 patients with current CFS and 60 nonfatigued controls, identified from a general population sample of 56,146 adults of Wichita, Kansas, completed questionnaires regarding self-reported childhood trauma (sexual, physical, and emotional abuse and emotional and physical neglect) and psychopathology (depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder) by CFS status.
New Directions for Early Childhood Education and Care in the 21st Century: International Perspectives.
Filled with interesting stories, this cross-cultural collection of essays viewing music through the lens of childhood spans 10 centuries, four continents and many distinct repertories and cultural practices.
Coining for Capital: Movies, Marketing, and the Transformation of Childhood.
Full browser ?