Ember hates wearing shoes, but also objects to walking on the wet, especially if there are actual puddles, or on wet grass. She wanted to go out on the trampoline one day when it had been raining, but didn't want to walk down the outside stairs.
Em: Do you want to come on the trampoline Mummy?
Me: Yes, ok.
Em: Hug? Hug? Hug? (this is code for 'carry me')
Me: No, I'm not carrying you, you have to walk.
Em: But there's spiders, they going to hurt me!
Me: No they won't, there are a few tiny little spider webs and the spiders are more scared of you than you are of them.
Em: They will! They want to hurt me!
Me: Walk, or I'm not coming on the trampoline
Em: ... ok.
We get out the back door and to the top of the stairs.
Em: Look, there's a sign! It says "Have hugs because there's spiders and they will hurt you".