Should Kids Be Playing with Toy Guns?
I don’t know if you remember but I was very against Ethan playing with toy guns when he was younger. My Dad was very excited to buy him toy guns but I stopped him, telling him that I dislike Ethan playing with weapons eventhough they are just toys. Obviously my dad was very disappointed, annoyed even but he respected my stand. I was even interviewed by a newspaper publication yet I vehemently stood by my stand that children (especially mine) should not be allowed to play with toy weapons.
Then Ethan grew older. When he was almost 4 years old, my neighbours’ kids came over to our house to play during the school holidays. They were all boys around Ethan’s age. There were no toy guns in my house but those kids are pretty creative. They build their own guns using Ethan’s building blocks. They played ‘war’; throwing grenades and shooting each other. Ethan just stood there watching, not knowing what to do. Kids being kids, they catch up pretty quickly. One of the boys handed a ‘lego made’ gun to Ethan and he started shooting away too. That was the start of Ethan playing with toy weapons and when my father found out, he bought not ONE, not TWO but FOUR guns for Ethan!
Fast forward to present, Ethan has Ayden now and from very young he (Ayden) has been playing with Ethan’s toy guns. I tried to stop him initially but boys will be boys so..
We were in the playground the other day and Ethan brought his toy gun along.
Look who’s happily walking with a gun in his hand but suddenly…
Ayden demanded to ‘escape’ and ran away with the gun!
A baby is running havoc with a gun in his hand! HELP!!!
So I managed to make the kids give up their gun but I took away their smiles too. They are now bored…
How? People told me boys will be boys lah. No point stopping them. If you can’t beat them, join them lah. But I don’t like playing tembak, tembak so I told the father, ‘YOU jer lah go play with them… ”
I’ll join if those boys are kicking balls or anything but definitely not when they are shooting each other -.-
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