Okay Jeffrey has suddenly out of the blue become afraid of things. This is causing some issues because…
He’s never displayed this before and I keep trying to fling him toward the source of his terror. Thus traumatizing him for life.
I don’t know what to do about abject fear of bouncy things and parachutes.
Dude, he would totally love these things if he wasn’t busy telling me to go away from it.
We bought him a bouncy house for Christmas.
A few weeks ago we went to the Little Gym. They had a giant blow up thing that the kids walked, jumped, bounced and rolled down. He shrieked in terror. “No, no, no” and pulling me toward the door. “Upie” he demanded. I held him and he clutched me like they were going to tear his arms off. I tried to put his feet on it. He screamed. I tried to sit on it with him. He screamed. I stood next to it and we watched the other kids. He screamed but showed a slight bit of interest in the other kids. Who were having a BALL by the way. This process repeated last week when it was there again. Only this time after it was put away, he would stare at the deflated thing and keep a four foot berth between himself and it at all times. He stared at it like if he didn’t look, it might come after him.
The following week, they had the parachute out. This, I at least got him to touch and then finally run underneath and have fun.
Um and the bouncy house at home. Totally won’t go near it.
So question time:
What the heck do I do about this? Will it just go away? Should I not push it and just ignore the fact that he’s afraid of these things? I hate seeing him so upset about things that would be so much fun for him. Plus it’s driving me crazy because previously he had no fear of anything. Also, did I totally traumatize him by forcing him to touch the scary bouncy thing?
It’s not fair. Everytime you get them all figured out they move into the next stage.