I'm putting this here instead of the toddler forum because I know people who don't have toddlers anymore, but may have some good advice, may not read in there.
Anyway, my daughter is TERRIFIED of bugs. She's 2. The other day I made the mistake of making a big deal about her getting too close to a fire ant pile, and now she freaks out everytime she sees a bug, or anything that even looks like a bug.
For example, the other day in the bath tub a crumb that fell into the water after dinner freaked her out, she squirmed into the corner, screamed, cried, and wanted out of the tub like YESTERDAY. She wouldn't get back in even after I drained the tub and cleaned it out, so we finished her bath in the sink on the counter.
And yesterday we were outside playing with the dogs and a dragonfly flew by her, not even all that close, and she FAAAAREAKED out. I've never seen her so terrified before. Ever.
I don't know what to do. We've been drawing pictures of bugs, I have a few books with bugs in them so we've been reading those a lot lately. We made bugs out of play dough. We watched a show on TV about honey bees and she got a great kick out of the guy wearing bugs on his hat. But still, she sees one and she wigs out. Tonight a moth flew into the glass on the door, on the OUTSIDE, and she took off screaming out of the room.
How do I help her get over this?