I have this inner struggle going on right now. I’m not sure how to deal with it. So here it is.
I have a six-year old son. A sweet, kind, thoughtful, cuddles-with-his-mama, giggles-with-his-daddy kind of son. I couldn’t love him more! But he’s a boy. A fun-loving, adventurous, playful boy. And I find myself facing those “mama -takes-the-fun-out-of-everything” type of questions that I sooo love. Right now, the question of the hour is, are toy guns acceptable? If so, what is acceptable play with those guns? And how do I step in when the toys are from other kids?
Currently, the only “guns” that my son owns are a couple of very cheap water guns and a foam dart gun. Nothing to fuss about. But, as he is having more opportunities to be social, he has been involved in games involving toy guns with other kids. We’re not talking about anything sinister here. These are all sweet, good kids who are just playing cops & robbers type games. But I find myself feeling uncomfortable when I see him holding a realistic-looking toy gun and running after other kids with it. So, where’s the line? When do I allow him to just be a little boy and when do I fight the battle. Is there any harm in playing with toy guns?
Weigh in, people. Let me know your thoughts.