Tori Hamlin, from Georgia, told how she found four-year-old son Everett cuddling his fish after going in to check on him while he was asleep.
The boy was devastated when his mom woke him up and told him that ‘Nemo’, had passed away.
I was shocked at first, but then when he said he just wanted to pet it I was thinking, oh my god, that’s so sad. I didn’t think it was funny that he killed it.
He had no understanding of what he was doing. Honestly, I’m surprised he caught it. He’s got some good skills there. Maybe the fish was just so used to seeing him that he was comfortable with him next to the tank. He loved the goldfish. It’s always been in his bedroom. He loved looking at it.
We explained it to him and he got upset and said, ‘I didn’t want to kill my fish’ and got upset. He was fine the next morning. When we asked him about it again he said, ‘I just wanted to pet it’.
Everett has to do stuff like that to learn. Not every kid listens to their parent and learns from that. Sometimes they have to make mistakes to learn from them. It’s part of parenting and growing up.
Luckily his parents gave him a gift card to pick out a new fish at the pet store – and Everett promised he wouldn’t touch the new goldfish.