I hate spiders. As a kid I was afraid of them. Now I just think they're creepy and gross. Blech. [I have goose-bumps just thinking about them.] In a scientific way, I suppose there is some element of interest—I mean, their webs are pretty amazing—but that has no influence my disgust of them.
However, I do not want my kids to be afraid of them as I was—so I have to use my super-mommy acting skills! I calmly make neutral comments like, "Insects may live outside, but they may not live inside my house" as I crush them with a Kleenex, cringing all the while. (For the record, I actually set one free outside last year.)
One of the worst places to find a spider is on the ceiling or on the wall up higher than your head. Then you've gotta get a chair, and there's always the chance that it might drop on you. (How would I describe that sort of incident? Terrorizing might be a little strong... perhaps freakish would be more apropos.)
But I realized the other day that my
So here's my tip: if it's above your head, first knock it down to the floor. Try using a broom. (I tried using the boys' Nerf guns, but after more than a dozen shots and misses, the broom was a sure bet.) Then slay the creepy thing. No prob. :)