Using toy guns, sticks, and fingers as pretend weapons........

Emilie - posted on 04/08/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son is 71/2 years old. Lately he has gotten into the habbit of "shooting everybody. I hate it when he does that. I don't know if I am being overly sensitive or parinoid but I just don't like it. For example: yesterday I was telling him to do some stuff and he got mad and pretended to shoot me. I got really mad at him about that and put him in the corner. Later that day we was at the park, I made a comment about so many people being there and he said he could shoot everybody. I told him it was wrong and he shouldn't talk like that but I don't think he understands why it is so bad. I have also told him he could get in trouble at school if he does that. I think it is very rude and he also has a friend that does that but his parents don't care and they let him.His friend has pretended to shoot me a couple times before also when I tell him not to do something or if I tell him that my son can't come out to play. I have gotten rid of my son's toy guns but he still uses his fingers or sticks that he finds out side.

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Amber - posted on 04/08/2010

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kids will use anything they can as a gun. my daughter who is 4 really likes to sword fight and things like that so instead of banning (because of course that makes them want to do it mroe) i told her that she can onyl do it the other person also has a sword or gun so they can defend themselves, its worked out pretty well so far.

have a sit down with your son a really try to explain to him how it makes you feel and why. then have him repeat it back to you. make it an indepth conversation as he i sold enough to know that there have been horrid accidents in the world involving guns and thats why it makes u nervous. good luck!

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