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  • Have you ever wondered how super villains are created?
    True comic book, action film, adventure story villains?
    Gru did not just appear and steal the moon.
    Loki did not just create havoc on earth.
    Magneto did not just switch on his powers to fight for mutants.
    I think that they, like my little boy, were super villains from a baby.

    If there is a sandcastle to be destroyed
    a pushchair to be battered
    or a chip to be twanged
    Jacob, my little boy, would be the one to do it.

    A baby super villain.

    He would not hurt people,
    he is a level above this.
    I believe, a true super villain, has morals and strong character
    making definite choices of how and when to create chaos.

    Destruction and craziness would be fine but
    unkindness and harm would be unacceptable.

    Let me give you an example of Jacob, baby super villain’s reign.

    We are in a soft play centre. I am drinking coffee and chatting.
    Jacob is playing on the slide.
    He smirks. A villainous, creative smirk.
    He struts his way over to the ball pool.
    A couple of girl babies are playing and chewing on the edge.
    Jacob slowly, methodically, happily
    starts to remove all the balls from the ball pool and put them at the bottom of the slide.

    I have discovered that it is often easier to let Jacob continue with his dastardly plan
    and only intervene when absolutely necessary.
    I continue to drink my coffee and keep a watchful parental craning eye on what he was doing.

    After a few moments there is quite a pile of balls at the bottom of the slide.
    It was a quiet day at the play centre so nobody had tried to slide or move the balls.
    The other two children in the ball pool are now intrigued by what Jacob has been doing
    and decide to join in.
    As they clamber out of the ball pool they start to carry the balls across to the bottom of the slide.

    Five minutes later and there are more balls at the bottom of the slide than in the ball pool.
    This is the moment.
    Jacob has decided that this is enough.
    With a thankful menacing grin to his small female helpers he makes his way to the top of the slide
    and
    ZOOM
    Jacob zips down the slide
    CRASH! SPLASH! BOOM!

    The balls scatter everywhere.

    They fly over the top of soft play pieces.
    They zoom past bewildered and ecstatic baby helpers.
    Jacob the destructor has shown his power.

    I sigh. This is only the beginning.
    I will have to watch him carefully.
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