Things of Which My Children Are Afraid

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After two weeks at close quarters with my nearest and dearest by the seaside I have made the following lists.

Things of which my (teenage) children are afraid, although I have honestly tried to raise them to be confident and without fear:

Loud noises
Burglars
Fire
Nuts (although neither is allergic)
Blemishes in fruit
Having a bad haircut
Being shown up in public
Flying insects
Crawling insects
Speaking in public
Eating in public
Walking in public
Spots
Paper cuts
Being crapped on by a flying bird (note, with particular reference to sea gulls)
Not understanding something
Bones in fish
Boredom
Becoming like their parents
Thunderstorms
Being middle-class
Being mistaken for the opposite sex

Things of which my (teenage) children are not afraid, despite all my attempts to instill fear:

Deafeningly loud music
Roller coasters
Strangers
Flying a plane (my son)
Heights
Taking mind-altering substances (in theory, not practice, so far, to the best of my knowledge)
Conception
Starvation
Poverty
Old age (because it won’t happen to them)
Me

Things of which I am afraid:

Loud noises
Burglars
Fire
Death of my children
Heights
Roller coasters
Being poor when I am old
Serious illness
Terrible pain
Unemployment
Spiders

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2 comments
  1. I’m afraid of sharing what I’m afraid of in case it happens to me or is ever used against me! Paranoid, much 🙂

    I suspect that I could come up with three very similar lists for my kids, with ‘the dark’ featuring strongly in the first one xx

    • Perhaps there is a special name for fears of lists of things of which you are afraid! The dark would have figured highly on ours until about 12 months ago when they both suddenly and spontaneously ditched their night lights, started sleeping in the pitch dark, and started complaining if the hall light got left on.

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