A Wee Bit Afraid of Bees
From small children to elderly adults many of us are a wee bit frightened by bees. My own Sweet Noodle says, "scared!" whenever she sees the mason bees flying around the garden. But most of us do not need to be concerned about bees knowing they are likely to ignore us if we don't bother them.
Larkin wrote this love-poem because he had a "ridiculous fear of bees" he didn't want to pass on to his sons. He acknowledges that bees can be a bit rude while giving real, understandable reason bees are important to everyone. And Larkin's concludes his book with "Everything You Need to Know About How to Not Get Stung" filled with bee etiquette for kind bees to kinda mean bees.
The Thing About Honeybees is the perfect book for anyone who is not allergic to bee stings, but is still a bit frightened by them.
Ideas for Making it Real
So your kiddo is afraid of bees....
How to Keep Your Kids from Bugging Out Over Insects by National Geographic is an excellent introduction to why children are afraid of bugs. It provides some solid recommendations on how to help in an immediate moment of fear, as well as offering some longer term strategies to overcome the fear.
You might also look at Helping Kids Overcome Fear of Insects, Snakes & Creepy Crawlies at Run Wild My Child. Most of the article is a pretty comprehensive list of tips and techniques for parents - I learned a few new tricks myself.
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