Our expert says:
Sounds rather like an anxiety disorder, which is normal but uncomfortable ! Some folks are dangerously blissfully unaware of the potential risks of life. But some, like you, are overaware of such risks, to the extent that you end up being hugely distressed for long periods of time when the risk is actually very small, and your distress produces no added safety at all. It's probably not cheerful for your daughter to receive daily hugs with the announcement that you want to die before her. Someone once said that if we love someone, though losing them would be awfully painful, we might not pray to go first, as we'd want to spare them the pain of losing us.
Why I think you and your daughter would benefit if you'd see a shrink to work on reducing this excess anxiety, is that it's not doing you or her any good, and you're going somewhat over the top. Do you ralize how rare it is for there to be anything lethal within canned food ? And if that happened by chance, it wouldn't be on the label. And do you recognize how rare really poisonous spiders are, and how rarely they lurk under anyone's bed ?
Being ovr-protective isn't a great idea, because it can make it harder for a child to learn to protect herself. Some counselling and treatment for your excess anxiety might help you get things into perspective, and become an even better Mom.
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