Wednesday, January 17, 2007

On Boohbah and Other Toddler Fears

Our Molly is engaging, vivacious, giggly and an out and out character. She hugs and kisses with gusto and can be incredibly sweet and kind. Molly hops, dances, claps and laughs all day long. We like to say that she has two volumes...loud and louder. She is her brother's keeper and bosses him around unrelentlessly. She seamlessly flows from the role of sister to mother and back again. She insists on doing things for herself and can put up quite the protest when she is told no. Yet despite all of her confidence she is plagued by toddler fears.

The list is long and growing and includes but is not limited to Santa (in most forms), Opus, large stuffed animals, bug of most kind (not including worms and the itsy bitsy spider), Aidan's remote control Scoop (truck from Bob the Builder) and musical race car, and Boohbah.

For those of you who don't know Boobahs are characters from a children's show of the same name. They are very strange looking (see photo above) and make weird noises. Why anyone would think they are appealing to children is beyond me. We have two Boohbahs which currently reside in a shoebox in our closet. Molly must never know they are there. These Boohbahs made a short appearance in what is now Molly's room. When they were in there she would not go in. They terrified her (and I don't blame her on this one). Daddy sent the Boohbahs "away" and for many weeks after Molly repeated the mantra of "No Boohbahs, Boohbahs away". We were afraid that she wouldn't sleep in her new room because of Boohbah. Luckily this was not the case.

The good news is that over time Molly seems to be able to conquer her fears . Some of the things that she was afraid of months ago do not seem to bother her anymore. In fact, I saw her just the other day playing ring-around-the-roses with a stuffed Santa. Boohbah is still in the shoe box but she's making progress. You go girl!

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