Jennifer - posted on 11/09/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )
This is more for a topic of discussion . I have a friend who's son seems to have no compassion/empathy. He has no problems hitting another child or scaring a dog walking by. When I have seen him do this sort of behavior he has a smile on his face almost like he is enjoying watching sadness or pain. Its not just a" boys will be boys" situation. He seems to be happy when he hurts someone.
I am wondering is it inherent or taught.....
I guess I better add more info....the child in question is going to be 6. His parents have different reactions to him. The father thinks its normal boy behavior and chooses to ignore it. His mother seems to have an issue with it but hasn't had him checked.