Hate them hate them hate them!!!!
My boys are boys.
They want to play with guns.
They want to play "cowboys" with guns.
They have an uncle with his air-soft gun (I don't really know if that's what its called)
This uncle will let my 5 year old shoot the air-soft gun up in the air as long as he doesn't tell his Mom (Me).
Well young uncle he told.........
And what has this done to my 5 year old? Its made him think guns are just that much cooler :(
I'm not happy about it.
I hate guns!
I don't like what they represent, which to me is killing.
Some people see protection, some see hunting animals.
I see killing.
And it makes me sick.
Now having said that, I must admit that today I helped my boys make cardboard guns.
Bear was practically bawling because he wanted to play "cowboy" but he doesn't have a gun like his cousins. He wanted to look in my closet for something he could use to make a gun with creatively (I told him to use his imagination and pretend something was a gun and be creative).
I hate guns!!!!
But do I really want to make a huge issue of this with my kids and absolutely forbid them to play "cowboys" with guns. Wouldn't that just make guns that much more intriguing for them. I decided it probably would and because I will never buy them a real toy cowboy or sheriff gun I decided a cardboard pretend gun would be alright. We got creative and cut them out with a few set backs here and there. I had a hard time figuring out just the right shape. Then after I cut them out I let the boys color them. It didn't take long for them to start with the sound effects, but it only lasted a few minutes before they lost interest.
I am willing to bet that had I refused to even let them pretend to play "cowboys" with guns they would have carried on about it all day long.