At 10, my ds is suddenly really into the idea of getting a toy beebee gun. We just moved to the country so in a way the shift has become from wanting intensely violent popular video games (which are banned in our home) to this hunting focus. I keep thinking of the red rider bb gun in that movie and how it seemed innocent enough compared to today's toys. these things are toy models of semi automatic weapons- which I'm pretty sure are designed for one purpose- to kill people.
I have always tried to balance our lives- like we have video games but not rated M ones which "all the 10 yr olds have"
-we've had a TV and have watched movies galore, just not cable
-he likes to eat meat so i've fed him meat, just selectively instead of a vegetarian diet
i feel like going back on my no gun policy would be a big mistake but at the same time, i want to let him be a boy.. do i have to get over the guilty feeling and just stand up to the pressure? I definitely do not want to see that type of object in my house or near me or my kids at any time.
I've suggested an archery set..
any other ideas or input?
I'm really glad to discover this preteen forum b/c I am just entering the frontier of "tween" parenting.