Fuzzy Wuzzy

Most kids are afraid of normal kid things: monsters, the dark, loud noises, strangers, strange animals, bugs.

Then you have the kids who are afraid of weird things.

Like Sophia.

She’s terrified….of fuzz.

Basically, lint. My kid it afraid of lint. She’s terrified of anything that looks remotely like it: dust bunnies, clumps of hair, tiny shreds of paper, anything that is light enough to blow by on the floor.

At first we thought she thought the fuzz that blew around were little bugs skittering by. We tried to explain the concept of fuzz. Sometimes her stuffed animals lose their “fur” and it is nothing to be afraid of. Or, sometimes mama just didn’t sweep the floor and dust collects into ‘bunnies’. But she is still terrified.

She will run out of her room screaming and/or crying: “There’s fuzz, mama, fuzz!”

We pick the offending piece of whatever up, show it to her and try to get her to touch it; to show her it is nothing to be afraid of. Usually she shrinks away and says “nooooo I’m scared!” But there have been times she will touch it and acknowledge that maybe it isn’t so bad, but still demands it to be thrown away.

She almost has a sixth sense when it comes to finding the smallest piece of fuzz on her rug, under her bed or in a remote corner of the house…yet, she still can’t clean her room without me hounding her 100 times.

Toddlers, man…Toddlers.

7 comments to Fuzzy Wuzzy

  • Hahahaha! Kids are so funny.

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    Natalie Reply:

    That, they are…they keep me entertained :o)

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  • Steph

    S. would be in trouble out my house where the dust bunnies are prolific! :)

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    Natalie Reply:

    They’re pretty bad here too…I can’t seem to get them all. Which makes days she notices them traumatic ;o)

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  • Paula

    Oh my goodness…my kid does the EXACT same thing! Last night she panicked about a dust bunny on the bathroom floor and needed Daddy to check out her room to make sure there was no fuzz. She kept saying “fuzz not gonna hurt you” but obviously didn’t believe what she was saying.

    I’m glad my kid isn’t alone in her fear! Now how to cure her of it is another challenge…

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    Natalie Reply:

    I wish I knew the answer, because I don’t think we’re ever going to get rid of ALL the fuzz in this house! I’m glad to know that my kid isn’t THAT odd, since there is at least one more like her in the world ;o)

    Good luck and thank you for stopping by!

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  • Shannon

    I came across this while doing a search on google, and just wanted to say my son does the exact same thing! He will cry and scream hysterically when he finds a piece of fuzz. I’m glad to know he’s not the only one! We used to stomp on it, and that seemed to help him feel some control over it, but didn’t last long. I hope someone comes up with a good solution :)

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