Di­ary Of A Bad Dad

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Idon’t know how long it will last but for now Pre-schooler T and Tod­dler­na­tor the Ter­ri­ble are a pair of loved-up sib­lings. He wor­ships ‘sis’, as he calls her, and she’s as pro­tec­tive as a mother hen (ex­cept when he turns the telly off when she’s watch­ing Shim­mer & Shine).

So it was a bit of a sur­prise when hav­ing left them to their own de­vices I was alerted by a blood­cur­dling cry of an­guish.

I rushed in the lounge to find T the T’s arm raised with a ham­mer clenched in his tiny fist hov­er­ing above Preschooler T’s head.

Be­fore I could get to him he was rain­ing blows on a cow­er­ing Pre-schooler T.

I grabbed the lit­tle hooly and took the ham­mer of fhim. It was a toy, of course, but made of wood and still ca­pa­ble of do­ing dam­age in the wrong (lit­tle) hands.

He was just hav­ing fun, not be­ing able to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween a bal­loon and an of­fen­sive weapon.

For­tu­nately, no harm was done, and Pre-schooler T gra­ciously for­gave T the T.

When we’d all calmed down I asked her: “Why didn’t you stop him?’’

She replied: “I didn’t know what to do, I didn’t want to hurt him.’’

Her pas­sive re­sponse was quite touch­ing. Some­thing tells me, T the T won’t re­act the same way.

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