Do mothers and fathers exist whose aim in life is to crush the children they brought into the world, whatever it takes? The psychologist Alyson Corner and journalist Angela Levin believe there is. They have launched a website, myhorridparent. They classify fewer types of horrid fathers, but these include competitive fathers who can never let their children win at anythingangry fathers who are frightening and create wariness in their children and over-submissive fathers who may leave home, immerse themselves entirely in a new life, and discard links with their past life, including their children.
Sometimes, they say, all the children in a family are affected; at other times, one child is singled out for this treatment, by one or both parents.