Friday, May 8, 2009

TGIF, Seriously.

I am so happy that it's Friday, more than happy. There are not enough words to describe how happy I am to have the weekend ahead of us. My daughter was on a tear today, and she was not her typical fun self.

Seems that these days she is afraid of every possible bug that exists. What the heck happened? My daughter was the child who crawled on the floor, inside AND outside, to follow ants around. She chased spiders, she pointed out these fun and lovable bugs to me. Fun times.

And now, well, now I guess I made her afraid of bugs. Sort of. Basically I instilled a fear of *buzzy bees,* not on purpose. Just that her insistent curiosity had me remind her not to reach out and touch them, or more like swat them, which is what she would have done. To be honest, the buzz isn't bothersome, but I didn't want her to do that to -- oh, say -- a wasp or hornet or something not as
friendly, perhaps.

And so, now, she sees a fly and freezes. She DOES say, "Just a fly! Just a fly!" as if she is reminding herself what I have told her several times over, but she's still frightened, and even more scared of the smaller bugs. The unknown ones. Oy.

So, what do I do? Today the weather seemed so unpredictable, and she was so fussy about every and ANYthing that came near her, so we came back inside. But my child is not an indoor child, she enjoys the outside and all of the fun stuff we have out there, so what do I do? How do I get her past the fear?

I'll be researching this soon, I'm sure. Looking for the professional aspect, but I'd love to hear the personal experience from all of you (if you're out there, of course. I've yet to see or hear many of you, or should that be any ..?) Thanks in advance for your tips. And here's to a bug-free summer ahead!

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