The room is quiet except for the radio playing through our ROKU player on the TV. I’m sitting Indian style next to my son’s train table, playing Thomas the Tank Engine with him. I am taking Spencer on a run to the summer-house when I look up. There is a finger pointed at me and without warning the words POW POW POW are coming out his mouth.
In shock, I looked around the quiet room to see if there happened to be someone else who saw this, thinking that maybe I could be dreaming it. The room was empty, just me and my son. Getting onto my knees I looked deep into his eyes telling him that we do not play that game.
The Kid said “OK” and went along sending the troublesome trucks to the quarry while we are waiting for mom to finish dinner. The talking to about what just happened is not over.
After the table was set, and our dinner prayer was said, we dive into our delicious pork roast. In the middle of stuffing my face, I hear POW POW POW again. This time Mommy saw it. Immediately, we put a stop to it telling the Kid that this was not an acceptable game to play. Knowing full well where he had picked up the “game” we spoke with our daycare about what he had picked up. We told them that we know that they may not be able to stop the kids from playing it, but the Kid does not.
We told our family and friends this story. Most of which are inclined to give advice and they advised us that we should not have said anything since kids will be kids. There is no stopping a child from playing guns. Yes, that is true, but our son is two and half years old, he has no reason to play guns. To our exhaustion, the argument failed to meet their standards of parenting.
I fully realize that there will be sometime when our son is playing Cops and Robbers and will be shooting a play gun, but not when he is two and half. We do not want to promote violence to him at this early pivotal age of development. Right now he has a hard time understanding why he can’t play it. If we stop it right then and there it won’t continue. When he is 5 we can reason with him and tell him why he can’t or shouldn’t be playing “guns.” Until then I will not allow my son to play “guns.”
Am I off my rocker thinking that my 2 and half-year old shouldn’t be playing guns?
At what age is it acceptable to play games that involve guns?