There's been lots of stories shared on this thread (I took the time to read all the replies), lots of advice and commiseration and thought.
I just wanted to add (my own story I guess!) that I have two brothers and two sisters (I'm the oldest) and we grew up in the bush.
My parents are hardcore AP/GD, the whole gamut. I won't get into qualifications... :LOL
And each and every one of us squished, stomped, or killed something at some point. I agree with the people that said it has to do with empathy and compassion - both of which are skills that a child grows into, and is taught.
No - not every child does it. Yes - it can make us cringe. But on the grand scale of things our children may one day do - it's relatively small. We can use this as an opportunity to guide them and teach them.. not freak out on them and lable them.
|it's just sad and warped and twisted and NOT normal.
I usually just read, and seldom post - but here is why I felt compelled. That was one of the more rude and judgemental posts I've read lately. The OP was looking for advice, not your condemnation.
I would say wait a few years until your little one is older and exploring his world in ways you may disagree with - and then think back on this.
My two year old spent the day playing with worms in our garden. Sometimes she got a little rough and they got squished, or cut in half - I was there to remind her to be gentle and to let the worms go. Sad and warped and twisted? No. Normal - yes.
to everyone. Let's be nice to eachother...