Like it or not, some children are drawn to weapons play. Sticks become light sabers, toast is gnawed into the shape of hand guns, epic
Regardless of the fact that we kept guns out of our home, and my son didn’t play violent video games or watch frightening stuff on TV, his interest still budded on its own. If he went to a friend’s house, he’d go straight for their Nerf guns and hold on tight until I picked him up. He’d shoot me dead with his pointer finger while I sat on the couch and then laugh at a job well done. For the record, he’d also shoot “fire” at me, burning me to the ground, or defeat me in just about any way he enjoyed. But shooting remained of high interest, too.
Children understand the power of play therapy and naturally use it. Incorporating the scariest, confusing and taboo topics, like wars, is often a misunderstood need among children.
“I can’t do that” I hear this phrase a lot while giving presentations or after posting online about things like rough and tumble play, risky play, or