Dealing with fears our children may have is a struggle to find solutions. If your child has a fear of insects and bugs, it can be hard to handle. My daughter is afraid of all things creepy and crawly since she was small. The issue started with ants and gradually got worse, flies, moths, spiders. If it crawls or flies, she is scared.
I am sure we all have fears we have trouble dealing with. Mine is spiders, snakes and mice. As a parent with fears, I am trying to help my daughter cope and move on from her fears. We start with the insects she likes but is afraid of.
Fixing the Fear of Insects and Bugs
What can parents do to help their kids cope with this fear? Well, to begin with, stay calm. Don’t pick up your child. Talk to them and reassure your child. Do not run away or that will instil the fear more.
When my daughter sees a bug nearby, she begins to panic and jump around. If it gets too close, you will hear a scream. Sometimes she jumps right up into our arms, she is that afraid.
Solutions to the Fear of Insects and Bugs
- Read books about insects
- Draw pictures
- Name that bug
- Be a Bug
As adults, we have the same fears. We have the understanding to know that the creepy crawlers will not harm us, most times. It doesn’t make us less afraid, we just don’t panic as much. As our children grow, we hope the outgrow the fears.
We learned about Bees in the summer. While she still flaps her arms when she sees anything that looks like one, she had fun making this little video in SnapChat.
While not all of these solutions have worked, she finds the beauty in butterflies, ladybugs and dragonflies. We have something to work with to help conquer the fears.
If we don’t fix the issues during childhood, these fears will follow us as adults.
What are your fears? How do you cope? Don’t be bugged out like us!
Leave your tips and tricks, if you have some to share.