Tracy - posted on 04/19/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )
My son is normally a very tender little guy (he's 5 btw) who has never really had any behavioral issues other than being pretty energetic. He's a lover! He likes to protect the little kids at his preschool and loves to cuddle. Lately he's been really into superheros, karate, star wars, etc which I realize is completely normal, but he's starting to get into trouble at school for "play fighting" with other kids. They pretend to have guns or swords etc (which are prohibited in our house, even as toys), and he goes to a Christian preschool that doesn't allow that type of play. That was already bothering me, and then tonight I heard him playing while I was making dinner: he was pretending to be in a fight and he said, "I'm going to beat you to death!" I completely lost it. I told him he was never ever allowed to talk like that and it was a disgusting way to speak. I sent him to his room and promptly got a garbage bag out and put all the toys that I deemed "violent" in any way in it. I couldn't stop crying. I felt like that was not my little boy talking and I can't believe he would say something like that. Am I totally overreacting? I'm a single mom so I don't really have anybody to bounce my parenting choices off of. I really just want to make sure he grows up to be a kind man. Please, any advice is greatly appreciated!