what should i do about my 5yr old son who loves toy guns?

Amanda - posted on 11/24/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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he plays outside with them and he pretends sticks are guns, and pretends to shoot people and things. a couple times i caught him with my sharp kitchen knives. at first i let it him play with the toy guns because i didnt want him to explore when he got older with a real gun, what should i do? should i let him continue to play that way or put my foot down now? i just dont want his love for toy guns pretending there real to get serious even when he gets older

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Michelle - posted on 11/25/2012

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I wouldn't focus so much on the toy guns as little boys especially love guns, what you focus on is explaining to him the difference between his toys and real guns and how real guns can hurt people. My kids were allowed to shoot at trees and other inanimate objects but never each other unless it was a watergun and they were having a water fight. My son is 11 and no longer is fixated on guns he knows what they are for and understands that they are not toys.

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