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I'm new to this forum, so it's nice to meet everyone.
I'm writing because my two sons (6 and 8 years old) are now becoming interested in WWE (wrestling). It's very popular with their friends, it seems, so now they're starting to become aware.
After watching a few hours, I'm not sure exactly how to explain it to them. I know it's "fake," but I still feel like it's violent, suggestive, and possibly a little too intense for young boys. But, I think some cartoons (like Ninja Turtles, for example) are just as violent. And many pro sports athletes don't seem to carry themselves with much integrity either these days.
Does anyone on here have any suggestions? Has anyone introduced WWE into their home? And, if so, would you be willing to share how exactly you rationalized it? I'm curious.
And, again, thanks for reading my first post!
PS - I've posted this question on other forums, and have received some really, REALLY negative and offensive replies. I'm hoping that won't be the case here.
Hi, Loretta and welcome to JM! So sorry to hear about other rudies.
I, personally, do not watch WWE anymore. I, do, however, agree that it is very violent even though it's fake and I wouldn't allow my boys (7 & 11) to watch it. We don't watch Power Rangers in my house either. IMO, boys are violent enough and learn to rough-house on their own without help from outside sources.
I'm not much help, since we don't watch, but I'm sure other ladies will chime in.
I am not sure if my post will help you in your situation, but I would like to share my experience with wrestling.
I have an 8-year-old nephew. When he was 7, he started to be very interested in wrestling. I could see how he was all into it, enjoyed, and like you are I found it very violent. At first, when I was over, we did wrestle, but seeing how violent he becomes during the game, I changed my tactics, and it seemed to work. I just shifted him to different activities.
I started to go with him outside, met his neighboring friends, and started to form teams between them all and have competitions in basketball, trace running, jumping competitions, riding bikes, team games with balls, and etc. As I was over every Saturday and Sunday, in 2 months he completely forgot about his idea to wrestle, and all neighboring kids were waiting to play games.
So it how we shifted his attention and satisfied his physical appetite
I don’t know if it works in your case, but I hoped I could help somehow.
Being a mom to a 5 yr old and almost 9 year old. we do not watch it in our house. they have seen it at other peoples houses but we don't watch it here. My boys wrestle with eachother already and I don't want them to get any crazy ideas.....almost 9 yr old tried to a Diamond Dallas Page move on my 5 year old..yeah that didn't go over well