I was watching a TV documentary the other night and it started to reel off a list of personality traits that seemed oddly familiar: –
- Unconcern for the feelings of others
- Unnecessary risk-taking or impulsive behavior
- Gross and persistent attitude of irresponsibility and disregard for social norms
- Very low tolerance to frustration
- Incapacity to experience guilt
- Marked readiness to blame others
- Superficial charm
I repeated them to J and asked him ‘Does that sound like anyone to you?’
‘Yep sounds like F – why?’
‘Those are the personality traits of a SOCIOPATH!!’
‘He’s 3 – most 3 year olds are like that surely?’
‘I guess so but do most 3 year olds ask stuff like…‘
‘And i wonder if most 3 year olds like to play…’
So then i got to thinking what if he does grow up and commit mass murder? How would i be perceived in all of this – would people start analysing my blog to see if my parenting was to blame? Do i come across as a loyal caring mother or one that moans and drinks a bit too much?
I conclude that…
*****If my son turns out to be a serial killer and i end up being interrogated by the police please could someone delete my blog? Or at least just delete all the swear words, bits about cutting people up and mentions of gin (particularly the bits about drinking gin whilst they are in the bath, that sounds particularly bad on reflection)*****
although hang on a minute. What if he grows up to become a nice, normal, respectable member of society? What if he comes across this blog post and sees that when he was 3 years old I had written off his future self as a violent psychopath?
Sod it i can’t win. I best just delete it all as soon as he learns to read.
**************P.S. My new book The Catastrophic Friendship Fails of Lottie Brooks is out on the 3rd March 2022! It's aimed at 9-12 year olds and you can buy it here :)