“OH NO! Sad Nemo!”–Upon seeing Nemo get hurt.
“OH NO! Sad baby!”–Upon hearing a baby cry in the grocery store.
“OH NO! Sad boy!”–Upon seeing a little boy in a book cry.
Crickets–Upon whacking mom in the face.
Crickets–Upon biting dad.
So I’m confused. Because the kid obviously gets SOME idea of empathy. He knows when characters, other kids, babies, and OTHER people are sad. But the Momma and the Daddy? Nothing. Understanding that his actions have hurt us? Nope, no clue.
Is it because he thrills at exacting his revenge for the humiliation of diaper changes? Is it his twisted way of making sure we know who’s REALLY the boss? Is he plotting to murder us in our sleep? All while commiserating with that poor sad Nemo?
I mean, look, I’d rather he feel empathy with at least SOME things than none. And if anything is to suffer, I guess I’d rather that it’s his dad and me instead of the “outside” world. At least we know he’s not a total psychopath.
But for our sakes, I have high hopes that he will, someday, feel bad for Momma and Daddy the way he feels bad for that damn animated fish.