A 3 year old recently told his mother: "Mommy, I want to see your blood. On your face."
Mom got the sense this was not an innocent toddler question in the category of "Why is the sun yellow?" or "Can monkeys fly?" So she put him in a time out. That made him angry.
Then the anonymous mother ran to her computer and put out an advice wanted alert in Answers, asking if her son might be showing signs of being a sociopath.
It's not the first time he's displayed this type of behavior, she explained. He also threw a chair at his teacher and poked another kid in the eye for no apparent reason.
"Sociopathy is the complete lack of conscience and the inability to naturally be able to tell right from wrong," explains NovemberLove. "Unless you've noticed other instances where he said or did something disturbing (not understanding a moral concept, not being remorseful of doing something wrong, wanting to harm others or pets), I think he'll be fine."
"Has he seen a movie he shouldn't have? Are the kids at preschool sharing stories about things they've seen, or things that may have happened at home?" grandmalinda707 says. "Their imaginations are wild at that age! I know how you must be feeling. If he's acting out in unusual ways (and only you know your child that well) then ask your pediatrician for advice. Perhaps he can point you in the direction of a good child therapist for a session or two. I'm sure he isn't a future serial killer, though! He's VERY curious and apparently fearful and angry over something."
I've gotten a few slaps and verbal jabs from my kids when they were mad at me because I wouldn't give them what they wanted or I was being a horrible mommy by asking them to go potty before went out, stuff like: "I don't like Mommy," "You're not my friend!" -- and one time in a fit of rage my son even told me, "I hope your arm falls off!"
But I'm pretty sure this is just age-appropriate getting-the-anger-out. Not once have my children ever scared me.
++Can you relate to the above mom's story -- has your child ever said something that made you say, "Umm, is this really normal? Should I be worried here?"
What kinds of mean things do your toddlers say when they are mad at you?
Going to baseball games
Riding bike rides in the nice weather
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