My daughter is scared of everything outside.

Lisa - posted on 06/01/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )




My daughter will be 2 this month and she is terrified of things outside. Such as flies, loud noises, birds, ants that aren't even near her but she can see them. All she does is cry and wants to be held. I'm not really sure how to help her. Since she's only going to be 2, its hard to explain that the things she's afraid of won't hurt her. We keep telling her she's ok. We can't keep all other kids inside because she's scared. Anyone have any ideas. Please.


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Yvonne - posted on 05/16/2012




My son has always been like this with bugs! He is now four and a half and we have giant carpenter bees on our deck that he freaks out over when we are outside. I tell him not to bother them and they wont bother him, but he still screams, cries and runs like a raving lunatic sometimes. It's normal at a young age to be afraid of the unknown. Some of those bugs are really kind of scary looking!!!!!! I would not make an issue out of bugs or bees. I told both my kids to stay away from the bees to avoid getting stung and now they are afraid of them. I guess I never thought they would react that way. I myself am not a fan of bugs or spiders, but they are everywhere when the weather gets nice and we LOVE being outdoors. Perhaps you could make the issue a learning experience with magnifine glasses, bug boxes, seeing how bees make honey, etc. to let her know that bugs are not all big and bad afterall! Good luck.

Lisa - posted on 05/11/2012




UPDATE: Well my daughter is going to 3 next month. And she has pretty much totally passed the phase of being scared. She has her days but mostly shes ok. Her only issue now is bugs on the ground. I find it hilarious that she gets so freaked out and runs LOL I just move her and she gets over it.

Elfrieda - posted on 06/01/2011




Is she okay in a stroller with the top down so she's sort of enclosed? Maybe going for short walks with her in the stroller and pointing to all the interesting things might help her.

Kate CP - posted on 06/01/2011




Does she like butterflies? If she does see if you can find a butterfly garden you can visit. Make outside experiences fun and pretty.

Sherri - posted on 06/01/2011




My middle one was like this. He was terrified of ants, bees everything at that age. It is a total phase and I promise they grow out of it fairly quickly. Just keep reassuring her and try ever so slowly to experience new things.

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