I’ve spent most of my years living in the deep south, generally within 100 miles of the Gulf of Mexico. I’m now in New Orleans, my favorite city in the world, given its lovely, warm weather, great food, and fantastic culture.
I’ve also spent almost my entire life terrified — and I mean TERRIFIED — of bugs. I’m planning to become a mom in the next couple of years, and now I’m worried that this fear will make it hard to be a good mom. I don’t think my mom is scared of anything! I remember her smacking lizards, not jumping on chairs and screaming.
Living in New Orleans, there is no avoiding creepy crawlies. They are everywhere. How do offbeat mamas avoid passing on their own phobias to their kids? (And seriously: at what point can you ask your kids to squish roaches for you?) — Michelle