Posted on October 6, 2016
What’s up with the clowns?
I can’t do scary!
In middle school I watched a Freddy Cougar (Cruger?) movie and didn’t sleep for weeks. That water bed scene scares me every time I look at it. That fear was still very real when I got married and handsome had a water bed!
My objection to being scared probably has a lot to do with my aversion to Halloween. Maybe it’s not the costumery…although, the whole dressing up thing does wear me out.
We don’t watch scary movies or even the commercials on TV. We don’t go to haunted houses. We don’t approach creepy houses or pretend that we are brave when we are trick or treating.
Fear is the worst.
I try to protect my kids from scary things too. I try to. But despite my dedication to protecting and shielding them from the stuff of this world, scary stuff still creeps in.
What is the deal with the clowns? Why is it in my Facebook feed? What are you even talking about?
This clown madness has trickled into the elementary school. And that fear has infiltrated my kids thoughts and dreams. Sister has been having nightmares this week but she didn’t tell me why or what was happening.
It was the Clowns!
We rushed in from church tonight. She locked the doors and begged me not to go to the chicken coop and lock them in. She even got upset when I had to go back out to get my phone.
What is this fear? It’s totally not okay.
I sat with her for a few minutes and let her get the sobbing out. I listened as my sweet sister girl gushed about how afraid she was. And I’m powerless to fix this for her. No matter what words I say, she’s not going to hear me. The fear has made itself real in her head.
Just like any other fear in your life, we have to face this head on. You are only born with two fears in life: falling and loud noises. All the other ones are learned fears from life experiences.
You know this means we are going to have to kick the first clown we see in the shins, right? Shin kicking. That’s how the Lewis’ face our fears.
Are we the only ones with the clown fear?
How do you help your kids through fears and worries?
(What are we going to do about the clowns?)