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Thursday, July 07, 2005

 

Sons Of Guns

Here's a great article about boys and gunplay. Before our first child was born, my wife and I swore that we would not have guns in the house. Sometime before he was three, he started picking up sticks and shooting at things. He would also fold paper into a gun shape. Soon, everything was a gun... bananas, water bottles, TV remotes, breadsticks, Legos.

I take the blame, as I let him watch Star Wars and there was no going back from that. We came to realize, however, that the imaginative play that he engaged in was not harmful. So one Christmas he received a Star Wars blaster to go along with his light saber.

What's really interesting, and is discussed in the above article, is that our daughter isn't as interested in the gunplay. Every now and then she'll go along with her brother and blast at Storm Troopers, but she gets much more excited about princesses and dolls. Hopefully she won't be asking for an NRA Barbie anytime soon.


3 Comments:

Blogger Redhead Mommy said...

A very interesting article. I'm particularly interested in articles/books about raising boys, obviously, because I've got one! I just want to do what is best for him, you know?

7:09 AM  
Blogger Redhead Mommy said...

Also, I think I'm going to link to this article, but I'll give you a link as well!

7:10 AM  
Blogger Montanus said...

I belong to a gun club in North Georgia, and we take special pains to have interesting "shoots" for young people. Properly trained in gun safety, young people can enjoy shooting as much as any of us. A gun is a tool, no more and no less. I don't know that we have any "NRA Barbies" but we do have a women's group and we teach skeet shooting to the local 4H which includes a good many girls.

1:16 PM  

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