This study aims to determine our present child images that their parents form in their minds and gains its importance in terms of defining the childhood and constructing this childhood (by parents).Childhood, as a cultural and historical construction, passes through different socialization in every society. Child images, used by parent, plays an important role in children development. These images are extremely functional in the formation of personality, in the behaviour shaping, in the development of deduction level, in the determination of goals and hopes for the future. At the same, time these images offers a framework in the terms of education policy. The fact that children have different socialization processes has revealed numerous children images. One of the best ways for parents to understand a child’s feelings is (child) metaphors as metaphors have a facility to reconceptualise subjects and phenomenon. Turkish people often use those metaphors to describe their children. Metaphors are accepted as the memory of a society. Metaphors from parents have been the main source of data for this study. Metaphors gained via interviews from different parts of Turkey, representing the whole country are categorized according to their content. Each category is classified as well, and interpreted terms of child and childhood concepts. As a result some childhood images such as clever child, intelligent child, happy child, toy child, naughty child, touchy child, etc. are discovered.
Childhood, Child Image, Metaphor