Bed Bugs?

All kids do it and time after time we point out that is not nice to pick your nose and its definitely not polite to eat the contents!  It takes time to teach this and some adults I think are still learning and I only say that because I have seen my share of drive by pickers in my day.  

When Ryan was first starting with this exploration, I started off slow and easy.
"Ewww... yucky!!"  
"We don't do that!"
"Its not nice to pick your nose and please do not put your fingers in your mouth, they are dirty!!"

We have graduated my friends to a new way of explaining nose picking is not cool.  As a 4yr old, understanding "germs" isn't the easiest thing to do.  Kids want to know what a germ is and the best way I could think was to say that germs are bugs and no one wants bugs in their tummies!  We blow our nose to get them out and throw them away.

Ryan certainly didn't want to be eating bugs and so it seemed like it worked.  Recently though, Ryan is asking 428 questions and specifically about these bugs.  

"Do they have teeth?"
"Do they bite?"
"Does it hurt if they bite you?"
"Are they too small to see?"
"Do they have a mommy?"

Typical questions, right?  Ryan asked me what they looked like and what kind of bug specifically they are.  So, the first thing that came to mind is "MITES!"

I googled a picture and WHOA!! Gross!! This ought to clear up any questions about picking our noses!! 
Ryan was definitely grossed out!  He asked to see the pictures again and again and also asked me to remind him what they are called a few dozen times.... "Mites, honey, they are called MITES!"

Last night... it was about 1am and I hear Ryan crying in his room.  I staggered up the stairs to find out what was going on and find him throwing his beloved blankie on the floor in tears.

He tells me that there are bugs in his blankie and he does not want to sleep with it anymore!  I was in shock because he has never parted with his blankie at night.  I turned on the lights and we inspected the blankie.

Ryan says that we can't see the bugs but they ARE THERE!! 

I assured him there were no bugs on his blankie and calmly put him back in bed without his blankie, kissed him goodnight and tip toed out.  

The buggar bugs have now turned into bed bugs! AGH! 

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Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

How funny!!! I love your bug strategy. Hopefully, he'll be able to sleep!

When I only had two very young children I babysat for a kid who was about 6 or 7 once. I was appalled when I saw him put something in his mouth! I couldn't understand why his mom wouldn't teach him not to do that.

And now that my kids are older, oh have we been there! I understand.

Luckily, we're in a lull right now. :)

Stacie said...

That poor little traumatized boy!

Anonymous said...

Oh no!!! Poor baby!!! Hopefully it won't be long before he's comfortable sleeping with his blankie again! Lex has slept with her since she was a baby, too. Thankfully, she doesn't feel the need to take it with her on sleepovers, but she HAS to have it when she's sleeping here!

Emmy said...

Doh! You win some you lose some.

Audra @ Once a Mom Always a Cook said...

Awww pour baby! I use the bug thing when I am brushing my 4 year old teeth. He fights me all the time and I say we have to get all the "sugar bugs" out before they eat your teeth. It has not scared him yet!

becca said...

aw poor little guy hope he can sleep

Sandy -- As Told By Mommy said...

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Jessica said...

This would have totally freaked me out as a kid and reminded me of one of my childhood fears!! Once I woke up and there were some ticks in my bed!! I refused to sleep in my bed for about a year... Instead I slept on a loveseat in the living room. I never had problems after that but I refused to sleep in beds!! I still hate ticks! They give me the heebie jeebies!