Our expert says:
With a family history of depression, this might possibly be a part of his future, but isn't typically associated with the sort of thoughts he described to you.
I very very much doubt that you have done anything wrong, and only really responsible parents would be so soul-seaching in such a situation. Obviously it must have been a chilling moment. But a tribute to all you do right that he was able to confide this awful thought to you so trustingly. I think it is part of the repertoire of normal kids to at times have murderous and violent thoughts at times when they feel very angry. The method, of knife throwing may be an echo of something he saw on TV or heard about at school. Putting the knives away out of reach i a good idea in any household, simply because kids may accidentally hurt themselves when using a major knife for a small task. The confession shows both love for and trust in, you and also that he may be a bit more deeply thinking than many kids, in actually seriously thinking about what the Bible says in the Commandments and elsewhere, and taking those seriously. If the subject arises again, you might explore whether such violent thoughts have applied to anyone else, and if they only arise when he is feeling very cross or frustrated, or something he thinks about coolly and at length when calm ( the latter would be a bit more bothersome ). I think to a kid a Mom is something like God --- a loved and feared power figure who knows so much ( at least so it seems to the kid !) and seems responsible for most of what happens, and who thus could also be a target for our wrath when anything goes wrong.
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