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Bedtime with Duck Blanket and Disease Book

All kids have their likes and dislikes. My kid just happens to be fascinated with diseases.

"Read me the disease book, mom," she requested for her bed time reading tonight. Again.

The disease book shows illustrations of sick looking people: one with a broken leg, one with mumps, one throwing up in a toilet, and more. Underneath in English and Spanish is the ailment. Rash (salpullido), infection (infeccion), laryngitis (laringitis) and bloody nose (hemorragia nasal).

Then she'll ask me to tell a story about how the person got their affliction.

She must have very interesting dreams at night.

We went to the Gold Coast Train Museum and she was fascinated with the hospital train car. Outside, I reflected her interest. Inside, I was cringing. The train car may have been out of commission for 50 years but I could feel the germs. At the doctor's office I won't even let her sit on the seats. I am terrified of diseases. And doctors. i am the mother with the wipes. She's fascinated with the idea of germs and other small/invisible things like lice. We have an Arthur Goes to the Doctor DVD and her favorite eposide of the the three is on lice. Why do we have this DVD? It's from the library and of all the videos you can possibly check out, that's the one she keeps picking.

She's also fascinated with bugs. We went to a pet store the other day and she asked if she could stick her hand in the crickets.

She isn't afraid or snakes or spiders either. For Hanukkah, i bought her a collection of bugs encased in lucite.

I admire this about kids in general. if we don't tell them it's wrong or strange, they'll go fearless with what interests them. The question for me, then, is how can I make my child fear the right things in a positive way. Like dogs. There are good dogs and bad dogs. Good snakes and bad snakes. I don't want her not to want to pet them, but i don't want her to think she can pet them all. I want her to be fearless about anwering questions asked by a teacher, meaning without the embarassment of maybe getting the answer wrong, but I want her also to think about what she says before saying something. I want her to know there are consequences to actions, but not to over or underestimate what those consequences could be.

I want her to forever fear motorcycle riding.

How do you draw the lines?