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Over the past few weeks, Meg has developed a crippling fear of bugs. And if any of you know what central Texas is like this time of year, you know that bugs are a daily part of life. Flies, mosquito's, mosquito hawks (her worst fear), etc. She wont' be alone. She comes with me everywhere... clinging to my leg most of the time. I do not get angry with her about it, but I also do not pamper her and rush her away from the bug. I usually grab the bug with my bare hands to show her that it doesn't hurt, and take it back outside. But... I am starting to get horribly annoyed. I don't want to lose my temper, because I know that if she thinks I am mad at her about her fear, things get worse.
Please someone help me. I don't know how to help her past this.
I wish I could help as Sam is going through something similar. Tomorrow we will be near Indigo so I am going to get some fun books on bugs. I am also going to try some bug crafts (going to check Pinterest) and maybe watch some movies about bugs - Bus Life, Bee Movie, etc.
Also, you may try finding some YouTube videos of younger children handling bugs.
I hear you on the annoyance things though. It's hard not to get miffed. Sam will find the teeniest, tiniest scabs on her body (that clearly are NOT bug bites) and declare they ARE bites.
Sydney isn't a huge fan of bugs either, for a while there (last summer) she was just like Meg, fretting over them something terrible, this year seems better. She doesn't embrace them but she doesn't scream and run like a maniac as much anymore either. Right now her school is doing a bug unit and that is helping even more, so maybe some books about bugs? movies about bugs?...A Bugs Life...Antz....LOL not sure. Catching bugs sounds like a good idea too. But what you are doing seems like the best idea.
it's funny because Sam loves bugs, he carries them around and chases them, I am scared he is going to pick up a bee and get stung! one is chasing them and the other is fleeing....good times!