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22-04-2012 15:09 #91
22-04-2012 16:07 #92
Hilarious after I read this thread jasper made a gun from blocks and bounced around the lounge talking about "killing" things. But from.a quick chat he has no idea what it actually means, hes just picked it up somewhere. So much for my gun free house. Lol.
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22-04-2012 16:46 #93
No Bratz or barbies or similar. I think they send a terrible message about body image, they are all so skinny with big heads and lots of make-up. The bratz in particular dress like s3x workers
Guns I'd prefer not, nerf and water pistols are OK though.
Guns might not kill people, but a person with a gun can kill a lot more people a lot faster than a person with a knife or sharp stick...
22-04-2012 19:12 #94
Any toy, apart from ones that sensationalise or replicate violence. Or promote gender stereotypes.
When DS is of age if he decides he wants to try rifle shooting targets, or archery or the like then he can make that choice knowing these instruments are not toys. As a child, without the maturity to know the consequences of the potential dangers of such 'toys' then no way! I keep thinking of that scene in the movie 'Babel'.
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22-04-2012 23:15 #96
I think kids will play "death"games no matter how much you try to prevent it. It's a way of their young minds coming to terms with the notion of death and loss which they all eventually come into contact with, even if it's just the class pet dying.
At the moment, whenever I come home from work ds says "mummy!!! You're alive!". I have to wonder if he HAS made a link between uniforms, guns, and bad things happening from tv.
Anyway, I can't shelter him from the realities of weapons, death, and killing forever. They exist. It's a fact. But I do try to minimise it by not having gun like toys etc.
23-04-2012 07:59 #97
23-04-2012 08:08 #98
I also object to limiting children's toy selections depending on gender ie. my DS's cousins are girls and every toy they ever got was pink, pretty, dolls and princesses. One of the girls was (for want of a better term) a Tom boy yet the family were always trying to girl her up more. I hated that.
23-04-2012 08:23 #99
23-04-2012 09:32 #100
I had a good friend who's husband was a neanderthal - their DS was a sweet, quiet child and the Dad refused to ever let him play with anything he saw as 'girly' - he took it to the extreme and when ex-DP offered to bring him along to Baseball (as he coached juniors) the Dad said 'no way that's a pussy sport'. We were both disgusted really. He forced the son to play NRL yet he was a tiny kid. He never made any objections to his Dad because he was so shy and I believe, scared of his Dad. Not only is it absurd for parent's to do this to their children, it also limits them greatly and denies them the oportunity to discover their talents, passions and open-mindedness in life.
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