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!