Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

New article about kids and toy guns

What should a parent do when a small child, mostly boys as it turns out, uses other objects as guns and makes claims of "shooting" someone? This new article in TodayMoms answers some questions for parents about little boys and toy guns or objects used as guns. From the article:
Not at all, said Michael Thompson, psychologist and co-author of the best-selling book “Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys.” It’s normal, he explained, for boys to be interested in what men do, and in whatever it takes to be strong and powerful like their dads and the other heroes in their lives.
This is a good article for parents of young boys and how to talk to them when they want to "shoot" with toy guns or other things found around the house. It doesn't mean that they will grow up to be violent adults. One caution is offered by Thompson in the article:
When parents should worry, he said, is if their boys lack empathy, seem to really want to hurt others and are not remorseful after accidentally or intentionally hurting another child.

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