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bee not sting you

May 6, 2013



The recent change to warm weather (*FINALLY*) has brought about a few new things in our house.  First: chalk.  One of Lilly’s new fave things to do.  She alternates between wanting to draw and wanting US to draw (a house, with a door and however many windows she specifies).


The picture below was taken just before we found out that Lilly has a fear of bees.  As she was drawing, a fairly large carpenter bee swooshed past her and she shrieked, began crying, and ran towards me.  Oh my.



Ever since then, whenever she hears something fly by her (usually large carpenter bees — they’re making nests in our wood siding), she cries and starts running for J or I.  We’ve tried to assure her that they won’t sting her if she leaves them alone, but I think it’s hard for an almost-two year old to remember that.  It’s hard for me to promise her that she won’t get stung — because, really, she might get stung.  I can’t really blame her for being afraid — I think the wasp sting that she got on her finger when we were visiting family must have really stuck with her.

My solution for now is to hug her when she’s scared, and tell her that if she leaves the bees alone, she probably won’t get stung, and that I’ve never been stung at our house.

We’ve also been trying to explain to her just what the bees are doing: the carpenter bees are building houses, the honey bees are making honey using the pollen from the flowers, and we’ve talked a little about how bees do a little dance to tell each other things since they can’t talk (it’s called the waggle dance, and yes, this piece of information is taking up space in my brain, thankyougraduateschool).



I’m hoping that between the reassurance and the exciting bee info (they dance! how cool!), that maybe her fears will subside.  If anyone has any tips on dealing with toddler fears, though, I’d love to hear them.  (We’ll also be calling an exterminator to get rid of the carpenter bees that are destroying the house, so that may cut down on a few of our issues).  Until we figure this out, though, it’s so very sad to hear Lilly’s tiny voice say, “bee not sting you” nearly every time she walks out of the door.

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