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Parents and Phobias: 20 Things That Creep Us Out

By mandycheney |

I have to apologize. I lied. In this post about kids and phobias, I mentioned that I’m not afraid of a whole lot. But then I got to thinking and yeah, that was a lie. You see, if I were to be anywhere near a snake (and that means in the same 100-yard vicinity), I’d start running like Forrest Gump and there is no way anyone could stop me until I reached the freaking Great Wall of China. (Run, Mandy, Run!) I’d cry the whole way too. Ew. I can’t even think about those slithery little things without trembling. They are sneaky little buggers. I know that will rub you snake owners the wrong way. My apologies.

(Click through to see what 20 things other parents are afraid of. We’re not all as tough as we appear!)

You see, I get frustrated sometimes with my kids when they are afraid of something (like dogs) and I want so badly to snap them out of it. You know, force them to pet the little, cute puppy in hopes that they’ll overcome their phobia. But honestly, as an adult, you COULD NOT pay me to touch a snake. We bypass the reptile section of the zoo because Mommy isn’t a fan. Yep, totally depriving my children of that opportunity and ask me how much I care. Because I don’t. When they’re the mommy and daddy they can do the same to their kids.

There are those fears that naturally come with parenting such as losing a child, etc…and I have plenty of those as I’m sure every parent has. Those aren’t the phobias I’m referring to here. If I were to write about those fears, I’d never get to sleep tonight.

I read on Facebook about an encounter a friend had with her phobia of spiders. HA! I’m not the only adult that gets the creeps. I called out to my fellow parenting and blogging friends and asked what their phobias were. I haven’t laughed that hard in a LONG time!

So, we should cut our kids some slack about their phobias because we’re guilty of having them as well.

Here are 20 phobias adults admit to having…

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Parents and Phobias


"Opening a can of refrigerated biscuits, the kind that POP open. Silly, I know." (Jaime)
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Do you share any of their fears? What are you afraid of?

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About mandycheney



Mandy Cheney is a writer and mother of 4 residing in Utah. She was a Parenting blogger at Babble.

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