Totally Buggin

Any ideas on how to get my daughter over her bug phobia? Yesterday we had a playdate with her cousin, one of her favorite people in the world, and the whole time she kept asking to go inside. At one point, she had a complete freakout when a tiny bug flew into her eye. She was almost shaking!

Mostly her fear is of bees. A while back she was with my sister-in-law when she was stung by multiple bees. I'm sure that's why she's so scared but now the phobia extends to bugs of all shapes and sizes.

Today she has another playdate and I said the weather is going to be so nice that we can play outside again. Her first question? "Will there be bugs outside again?"

I told her that we would go to the library and take out a book on bugs so that she could learn all about them. Hopefully that will help her understand that not all bugs are bad. I'm not sure what else to do. Ideas?


Meg said...

I think it's a phase at her age. I remember my niece went through it to the point where she got hysterical over ants. ANTS! I'm sure reading up and learning about them will help. Good luck!

Ms. Porter said...

I agree, I think it's a phase. My only suggestion is what has worked with my girls, I either let a bug crawl on me (depending on what it is) and let them take a close look or let them investigate a dead one...if they touch it, it really helps. The book idea is good.