[The children] fought over them, so he took them away. Trying to explain that they are only silly gadgets, he smashed one in front of them.
“It was supposed to make them happy but it didn’t,” said Tompert. “I wanted to show them it was a just a thing. They were stunned. The whole house was silent that day.”
Emphasis mine. I sure don’t want to see what this guy does when he wants to make his kids sad.