Me and O played together all morning.
We had real fun together , it was lovely as O is generally quiet and serious , and usually playing on his tablet.
We were playing with Nerf guns.
I was just about to tweet about it , when I actually sat back and thought if I tweet this will I upset /annoy people ?
I really wasnt sure about where ” twitter ” stands on nerf guns.
Maybe I’m hypocritical because I did buy O nerf guns , and he’s had water guns in the past , but I wouldn’t buy him a toy gun that actually looked like a gun.
We have rules when he plays with them , no head or face shots , you don’t shoot someone who isn’t playing and you don’t shoot the dog.
He knows that they are a very different thing to real guns. He knows that real guns are not toys and shooting people with real guns is not fun.
He’s running about , I imagine aiming and shooting is good for his coordination and we don’t pretend to die or talk about killing eachother .
Perhaps if we lived in the USA for example where there is a much bigger likelihood of O coming across a real gun I may feel different about having nerf guns around the house. I know there have been accidents where siblings have shot siblings .
The thing is I think that it’s all about what I teach O.
I know I’m raising him to be anti violence , and to know right from wrong and when appropriate he will learn more about gun crime etc , I’ve got 3 older boys , 19, 17 and 16 they all had water pistols and nerf type guns and all three of them are anti violence. They all know guns are not toys !
I don’t buy O toy swords or knives , again maybe that’s hypocritical ? I don’t know.
I’ve loved seeing O running around playing with me , his brother and his sister this weekend really enjoying himself. He wants another Nerf gun for Christmas and I will probably get him one.
I’m writing this because I’m genuinely interested in other people’s opinions. It’s been a while since my bigger boys were at the age for wanting nerf guns so I really wasn’t sure what the general feeling is now. It probably won’t change my mind but I do like to hear others opinions.
Where do you stand with toy guns ?