Appropriate presents for children?

In this day and age it is difficult to know whether some prisons are appropriate or not. Is it appropriate to give a four-year-old a bow and arrow that has rubber stoppers at the end of the arrows? Is it appropriate to give make up to 10-year-old? Is it appropriate to offer your 14-year-old son shooting  lessons at the local range?

When I was growing up I had all of these things I spent many days outside in the garden shooting the bow and arrow at imaginary cowboys or shooting dear imaginary Indians that were chasing down my horse or burning down my house. These were imaginary games of wall and triumph that taught me to use my imagination to use my body was running around and chasing other inmates and refrains NT use my intellect as to how I would out what the opponent.

In modern-day similar occurrences happen on a PlayStation console or Xbox. No longer do children need to run outside and use the bodies learn gross all fine motor neuron movement and exercise themselves they now sit in front of a TV virtually stationery , push a multitude of buttons in multitude of sequences,  and yell into a headset to a friend who potentially could live on the other side of the world.

This is how the world has changed.

So when ‘bonus’ son asks for a replica gun after playing eight years of Xbox war games why in my mind doesn’t seem so wrong? After all I grew up with replica guns my friends grew up with BB guns and we all grew up in an environment with no TVs and had to use our imaginations but yet we still played cowboys and Indians or war games. Besides the physical exercise aspect of this is how is that different to an Xbox game?

I have to admit that the games I played to did not watch in graphic detail how the person died as the sum of the Xbox games do and I have to admit that the call was not what appealed to me when playing these games simply the capturing and conquering of the enemy was. It does concern me that the gore and blood aspect of the new games and TV programmes has increased significantly in latter years. However, is that simply progression?

I don’t have the answers I have been trying to attempt to protect my son from obtaining guns and swords and bows and arrows and to date, at the age of nine, he has not been wanting many of those. With the inclusion of my ‘bonus’ son in the new family that seems to have changed significantly as his exposure to weaponry has been increased significantly. Now my son is requesting more weaponry than ever before.

Should I simply allow this in our lives and get over this role-playing fad? Or should I continue to battle for as long as possible against the tide?

I guess time will tell. Or my resilience will.

On another note – see how toys can be dangerous, in ways you never thought!  …http://seriousaccidents.com/accident-blog/products-liability-accident-blog/dollar-general-recalls-toy-guns-with-design-defect/

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