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.
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.