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How do you feel about your kids playing with toy guns or weapons? - Do you allow your kids to play with toy guns or weapons? If so, what is an appropriate age for them to start playing with toy weapons? If not, what is your reasoning?
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My son has had toy guns and water guns for years, he is now 13. I don't have a big problem with the toy guns but he has to follow the same rules as if it were a real gun! No pointing at others unless it is a water gun and then no face. He wants to get a real gun but he must first go thru a Gun Safety course that is certified!
It also depends on the child!
Don't have a problem with it. We all were brought up playing cowboys and indians and none of my siblings are looking to guns. Totally anti now.
I think if children are taught to respect them its fine. I'd probably worry more about computer games then pretend play.
My kids are 16, 12 and 3; the boys had Waterguns for a long time, they also have Nerf guns, the little one sees the older ones play with them so it's kind of hard to keep them away from her, BUT we have rules, never shoot in the face. I really have no problem with the kids playing with their water guns or Nerf Guns as long as they know their rules. But both my boys and the little girl don't play with them a lot, we don't make a big deal out of it and it gets old quickly...
I don't really let my son play with toy weapons. We do have super soakers, if they count. My son is more likely to make up some kind of karate-type attack when he plays with his action figures.
Well, I guess I'm a minority on this one. We're very anti-guns in our house. The first time (and a few subsequent times) my kids found toy guns (from a neighbor or friend), we explained that guns are not toys, that they can hurt people badly and even kill, and that we don't play with guns ever. They have pretty active imaginations and enjoy playing soldier (especially since dad is a proud member of the "Be All You Can Be"), but they find other creative ways to portray their ideas.
I've just heard too many stories and seen too many accidents to risk it. Just one moms opinion!