ADJ. happy | deprived, difficult, lonely, traumatic, unhappy | normal | early From earliest childhood she'd had a love of dancing. | late His health remained poor into later childhood.
VERB + CHILDHOOD have She had a very happy childhood. | spend He spent most of his childhood in Egypt. | survive Her second son didn't survive childhood.
CHILDHOOD + NOUN days, years | dream, experience, fantasy, memories | friend, sweetheart | home | disease, illness, mortality
PREP. during ~ He became diabetic during childhood. | from ~ She still retained many friends from childhood. | in ~ She died in childhood. | throughout ~ He travelled a lot throughout his childhood.
PHRASES scenes from/of sb's childhood