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28 September 2012 @ 11:15 pm
New things are scary...  
"If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try." - Seth Godin

I sat on my sister's bebes last night and, after E had been put down, A wanted a movie. However, the movie he wanted was in the basement, which for some reason terrifies him. His momma has set up a nice little man cave with a TV and toys and even a mini fridge with snackies - no dice. He won't stay down there alone more than a minute or two so he would not just go get the movie himself.

I am not really a fan of this afraid-of-the-basement nonsense or some of his other weird habits, so I told him fine, I would go with him... but only if we went down with the lights off. I have a little flashlight on my phone, so I told him "look! it will be an adventure! I'm not scared at all!" He looked dubious, but agreed. We went downstairs and found the video he wanted and he seemed to be doing just fine as long as I was with him... But then, before I agreed to return upstairs, I was the worst aunt ever. I had him hold my hand and I calmly told him I was going to turn off the light. I switched it off and then asked him what was so scary. At first he said the blue light was scary - so we went and looked and it was the light on the router. Then he said a noise was scary - so we went and looked and it was the toilet running. At that point, he actually seemed to be getting a little concerned and wanting to go back upstairs, so I turned the flashlight back on, and showed him how to make shadow puppets. He enjoyed that for about five minutes, but when he got ansty again, we went back upstairs. No tears, no drama. I doubt the one time "adventure" will fix his issue, but hopefully it was good for him... 
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angry_scotsman: Zombieangry_scotsman on September 30th, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
I was weirded out by the laundry room in the basement of the house I lived in from ages 6-18.

I could hang out in the family room as well as the game room, both of which were in the basement. However the base of the stairs was right at the entrance to the laundry room and there was persisting apprehension passing by that portal.

As a preteen, I wouldn't be in the room alone. As a teen I wouldn't be in the room without every single light turned on, and then only to address a specific short task.
eithni: darkladyeithni on September 30th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
Heh. The laundry room in my house in Bayview freaked me out a little, but I maintain that was reasonable - years later, my momma admitted that it had creeped her out to be down there too. It was an old, old house and if not precisely haunted, had some... psychologically troubling spots.

If the basement was his only issue, if it were the least bit scary (it's fully finished, lighted, carpeted, etc), or had any psychic ickiness (I believe in ghosts and hauntings and such and am pretty sensitive to those sorts of things, despite my scientificly-minded temperment), I'd cut the kid some slack. Since "I'm scared" is sort of his default excuse, I'm somewhat less sympathetic. :P