29 Jun

I’m not sure what to do with G~. Wendy just blogged about her son’s irrational fears & G~ has been a ball of paranoia for months now. It’s getting a little out of hand. Here’s a partial list of things G~’s paranoid about.

  • Thunderstorms, including dark clouds
  • being alone in the basement
  • being left alone at home
  • Me leaving for any length of time

This afternoon I took the boys to a church picnic & G~ did well until he noticed the dark clouds gathering in the sky. His fingers went in his ears & he was DONE. No eating, no playing, he was begging to go home. We stayed for a little while longer because E~ wasn’t ready to go & the clouds were sliding off to the east; we weren’t in any danger of getting wet, but G~ would not be convinced.

The basement thing is getting old too. The boys have had their bedroom downstairs for over a year. Our basement isn’t one of those dank, dark basements. We have a nice family room, their bedroom is bright & cheerful, we spend a lot of time down there & yet G~ refuses to be down there by himself. I keep telling him, if he keeps it up, we’ll move him back upstairs & he can share a room with T~.

I never want to make him feel bad about his phobia, I’ll never do the “big boys aren’t scared of …” thing. I want him to know he can be scared & I’ll always do my best to protect him, but some days it’s all I can do to not yank his fingers out of his ears & tell him to buck up.

These fears all started a few months ago. I wish I knew what was the trigger. All I can say is that the kid is trying my patience & his brother never did this 😉

Any suggestions?



3 Responses to “Paranoia”

  1. Wendy June 30, 2008 at 4:49 am #

    Separated at birth indeed! Thunderstorms aren’t a problem but if the Backyardigans “Volcano Sisiters” comes on, he turns it oof– too scary. HE also plays outside of the open bathroom door while I shower. Who knows.

  2. Tonya @ A Day in the Life of a MaMa July 1, 2008 at 2:59 pm #

    That recipe sounds yummy! About the hubs socks…in his defense he just came home from work and threw shorts on real quick to mow. The shirt and socks are from his uniform!

  3. Christine July 2, 2008 at 11:49 am #

    Carlie just up and decided one day that she can’t go into her room alone. Always has to have our dog Sterling with her. Sometimes Sterling even has to go to the bathroom with her. I think it was because of a bad dream she had from seeing an episode of Scooby Doo.

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