Henry has declared that he is scared.
Now, before you go, "Oh, poor baby," allow me to explain.
Today, I realized something.
When Henry decides he would rather not do something, ANYTHING, he suddenly becomes simply terrified of it.
At his first day of swimming lessons, this morning, he was too scared to jump into the water into the careful arms of his teacher. "I'm TOO SCARED!"
Oh, poor dear. I didn't make him jump in. His teacher responded, "So, you can't force Henry to do anything, can you?" Nope. You can not. He's too scared.
But then, this afternoon, we needed to go to the store. We had nothing. It was time. I was demanding shoes be put on feet. Henry did not agree with this command. Henry did not want to go to the grocery store. Henry fell upon the floor with great drama and declared, "I'm scared of the store!"
So, I called him on his stretch of truth. "No, you are not scared. You just don't want to go. And I don't care. Put yerdang shoes on. NOW!"
His reply? The ever classic, ever appropriate, "Oh crap." Shoes were on, and we were off.
Don't believe him if he tells you he's scared. Unless of course you're in a genuine scary situation, like a hurricane or a shoot-out. Otherwise, just tell him to put his shoes on. It'll be fine.