Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Bug Phobia

Guess what daddy did with the three kids while I was away on my health conference in Boston?  Apparently, he was on a mission to desensitize them to bugs!  They went on a bug hunt around the house.  My oldest even had a magnifying glass and all three were very involved in searching, finding, and even touching them!  Bugs they found and touched included silver fish, stink bugs, and even spiders...  Well, daddy said they wouldn't touch the stink bugs but they touched all the others.  Ugh.

So I'm afraid of bugs.  I realize now it is probably because I was never really exposed to them in positive light when growing up.  So it's pretty ridiculous but there would be times where I would be standing 10 feet away with a shoe in my hand trying to swat at a little bug.  I realize that if I don't want all my kids growing up completely paralyzed and fearful of these little critters, I need to minimize my "freak out" response when I see them.  Between my au pair and myself, we are probably causing my little ones to fear and hate bugs.  So husband decided to take it upon himself to get them to like bugs!

Yuck... I'm having a hard time even looking at these pictures without feeling panicky... 




The treatment for phobia is actually exposure in a controlled setting with positive feedback.. something called "flooding".  Not sure if it will work for me unless I go through intense therapy but for the little kids since they are still young... probably easier to desensitize them.  We'll see...

Daddy actually has been catching all sorts of critters in our backyard for them to touch... frogs, a little turtle... he even considered bringing in a garter snake!  Reptiles... bugs... not really my thing...



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