Bump in the Night: 9 Moms Share Their Creepiest Childhood Fears

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Drains, Drains, Go Away
"The drain. Anywhere. In the tub, shower stalls, pools. DUDE. Jaws effed me UP. I was afraid because someone told me the drain connected to ... more 
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Drains, Drains, Go Away
"The drain. Anywhere. In the tub, shower stalls, pools. DUDE. Jaws effed me UP. I was afraid because someone told me the drain connected to the ocean," says Dresden Shumaker of Creating Motherhood.
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Fri, Apr 19, 2013 3:46 PM EDT
Kids have lots of fears, and not all of them make sense or have any basis in reality. Yet, as much as we might try to reason with our children and explain away those fears, they persist. Rather than get frustrated by this, or angry at them when they take these silly fears too far, I was thinking this morning that I should try and remember what it was like to be a kid and what terrorized me. I knew the answer immediately: flying cockroaches. With their papery brown exoskeletons and wiggling little antennae, roaches are creepy enough, by try ones bigger than a walnut with wings on for size. WINGS. It wasn't out of the realm of possibility to walk into a room unawares and get divebombed by a roach where I lived. This led me to wonder, what did my fellow moms fear when they were kids? I was surprised at how many responses I got when I asked, most of which had me laughing out loud thinking about how scared we all were. See whether your biggest fear was on their list, and share your own stories with us.


- By Katherine Stone



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