In the past, I used to have what I’d call ‘bad thoughts’. These usually were more of fears of doing things such as (Murder, renouncing God, drugs, illicit sex), sometimes curse words and blasphemies were repeated in my mind without my consent.
I eventually got over these after getting into church.
Now my 8 year old cousin is having these, her mother freaks out and cries when it happens, and her dad tells her she’s going to hell for it. They aren’t Catholic, and are getting divorced. Her mother thinks she needs a shrink.
Our side of the family is a bit more supportive of her (she spends the night every weekend, sometimes more), what should we tell her? How should we handle this?
We assure her they are just thoughts and all…