When My Son was small ( about 7 or 8 )..we lived next to a family with 3 sons who played with my son...next to them was a boy I can only describe as “weird”...His father was
a strict recluse and didnt allow His wife to talk to the neighbors..She was just as strange...
One day my son was playing with the 3 boys next door and 2 of the neighbor boys had som disagreement, and one boy chased His brother with a small stick..as they ran down the sidewalk the weird boy jumped up with his fist in the air and Yelled “Kill your Brother” “Kill your Brother”...
I thought that this kid will grow up and do someone great Harm...
That’s very strange.
Now, the family in the Times story sounds pretty normal, although the part about the husband being thought of as “loco” in his youth was noteworthy. Esp. when it talked about how these tendencies can be hereditary.
I wondered about what would it have been like had the kid remained an only child. Maybe these tendencies never would have emerged, but perhaps they still would have been there.
Only children can get away with a lot of stuff I think. I mean I had an only child, but I grew up with 2 brothers. If you have siblings, you know, sometimes they rat you out.
I’m pretty sure my kid pulled stuff on me that she wouldn’t have been able to had she had siblings.
Well, I felt bad for that family, it’s concerning for the younger kids, that’s for sure.