Our Kid is “Bugging” Out

Our oldest daughter is five years old and loves being outside and playing with her friends and toys. She’s never met a park that she doesn’t like.

She often asks to go out ride her bike or scooter (poorly) but these days we always count down…. 5, 4, 3, 2, ….. SCREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

She’s yelling because she’s seen an ant.

Sometimes it’s something worse than an ant like a huge bumble bee – but it doesn’t matter – if it is little and crawling or flying she’s out of there. And it’s sad to watch because she’s missing out on some quality jump roping and skating time.

We are at a loss for what to do! On one hand we think – just let her grow out of it but on the other hand she is literally bawling her eyes out about bugs and retreating. We’d actually like to try to go camping some day but we absolutely could not consider that now. We haven’t been making much headway with the technique of GreenEs v. Bugs where we count down the number of critters we smash (sorry – bug lovers).

So… we started looking around for some advice and the most popular method we’ve seen is to normalize bugs. Don’t worry – it’s not as drastic as throwing some roaches at her feet but trying some of the following:

  • Grab some books about bugs and learn about them.
  • Draw pictures of bugs.
  • Maybe get an ant farm.

Chime in – do you know any little ones with a fear of bugs – how are you or did you handle it? 

Offer suggestions in the comments below!

6 thoughts on “Our Kid is “Bugging” Out

  1. Funny you posted this, as my kids kinda sorta have this problem, Its not as pronounced, more like they like to make a big deal about some and are fascinated by others. I can’t offer much advice, other than those things you suggestion. I try to make sure they understand what kind of bug it is, impart some knowledge to the “unknown”. For example, they are cautious around bees, no longer deathly afraid after a few books, as well as on our walks I try to explain and point out that the bees are just doing their job gathering nectar to make honey! Also, shows like Magic School bus helped them learn and see how fun and different insect life can be. They have a really cool ant and bee one matter of fact. 🙂

    • thegreeneblog1314 says:

      This really must be a preschooler thing. They go from being completely unaware to utterly frightened!

  2. We deal with the same thing here with out preschooler and bugs every now and then. She was absolutely mortified of going outside for months. We took books from the library and read those. We talked about why bees are important to nature and flowers. She slowly started overcoming her fear. Now she will go out without problems and only fears Mosquitos because they bite! I think your methods are on the right track!

    • thegreeneblog1314 says:

      The bees thing… I need to do that! I’m not sure how to make mosquitos sexy though. They are just pests

  3. lalalandmd says:

    Sounds like you guys are on the track of normalizing.. Also acknowledge her fears but gently remind her she is bigger than the bug, they really don’t want to bother her. She may always have a small fear of bugs but soon it won’t hopefully be as overpowering.

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