I had a similar encounter with a raisin as a child and didn't eat them again until adulthood. So, after I realized there wasn't a real spider, I didn't think much of it aside from noting that it will be a while before raisins are a viable snack option in our house again.
Not ten minutes after the spider incident she came running from the dining room claiming to have seen a snake. It turned out to be the roots of a potted plant on the dining room table.
At this point I started to wonder about her behavior. However, the rest of the afternoon was uneventful so I brushed it off as a bad day.
This morning while drinking the same breakfast smoothie she's had (and loved) a hundred times before, she decided the raspberry seeds were bugs. Every time she got a seed on her tongue she'd stick out her tongue and yell (as best she could with her tongue out) and flap her arms and yell for assistance.
Of course, this is the day we decided to plant our garden--the day my daughter decides everything small and dark is a bug.
The last few days as we've been making plants and buying our starts, I had visions of us serenely working together as a family, joyfully planting our garden.
It was almost like that except for every time my daughter (who is generally up to her ears in dirt) saw an ant and started screaming and trying to climb on top of my head.
Seriously. I don't even know where to begin. She's never been afraid of anything before. Generally she's fearless.
Every now and then she would relax and help me put a plant in the ground and pat the dirt down around it. But then she'd think she saw a bug and start jumping around to get away from them, almost trampling our other plants in the process.
I'm really excited about our plants. We tried really hard to pick plants that can withstand the summer heat and keep producing. I'm hoping they all cooperate. I'm dreaming of tending our garden and picking peppers with L. on sunny, warm summer mornings...
In the meantime I'm hoping we can help L. through her new found fear of bugs quickly.
Any ideas? Aside from showing her repeatedly that everything is okay, where does one start helping a child overcome irrational fears?
I'm going to have to do some research. This is all totally new to me...
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