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No matter how they are raised or what situations they are exposed to, young boys seem to have an almost universal interest in gun play. Even boys who grow up in the most anti-gun households – or boys who grow up surrounded by their sisters’ toys – are drawn to shoot-em-up games.
Jeremy likes to play with toy guns and also loves to watch the military channel. I liked this article. I thought it gave some good tips for moms of boys. I like that he is interested in hearing about history, but I am trying to make sure he understands that wars actually involve killing people and not just cool explosions and neat looking tanks.
My boys are not allowed to have realistic looking guns, and we actually prefer them not to have any. But as the article said they'll make them out of anything. But I love some of the tips they gave, I'll have to try a few out.
Misquote.... "Make it a rule that they are allowed to point a toy gun at a person."
I agree that it was intended to read 'they are NOT allowed', and I like the idea of targets, esp. of 'monsters', as that reaffirms the good vs. bad, and allows them the control over their environment needed.
I advise water pistols for fun, age appropriate play. They are never realistic, and consequences are felt, yet fun and comraderie is established.
Awesome article, we are one of very few in our circle of friends who allow toy gun play. We do not allow real looking guns, but anything from space guns to nerf guns to squirt guns is fine. Or anything they happen to make a gun out of is fine too.
The way I see it, all of my family that are boys, grew up playing with guns, as did my friends' brothers and none of them are violent now as grown ups.
we truly believe that even if you do not allow your boys to play with toy guns, the fact of the matter is that a lack of positive attention is what breeds undesirable behavior. we have no problem letting our boys play with toy guns. they go as far as building their own out of LEGO.