In his pretend play,my 4yr old loves his toys guns & swords where he’s the commando & shoots down the enemy monsters, zombies or even the dog. She’s his favourite roving target- no Nerf bullets just chasing after her. He often tells me it’s only pretend & I don’t see an issue with it,nor do I think it evokes any violence in his behaviour. He’s a well adjusted little boy. Hell,I loved playing cops & robbers or cowboys & Indians when I was growing up & I didn’t turn out to be a serial killer! What concerns me is that he got told off at Kindy for using a stick as a gun & I think this confused him somewhat as he told them it wasn’t a real gun & that it was just pretend. We had a good talk about violence, safe playground rules & how it might frightened the other kids. I think he understood & I suggested he keep his gun slinging confined to our house. Is it wrong for my son to play with guns? Isn’t this just a part of growing up or have I psychologically brained washed my child?
Posted by damish70, 24th September 2014