What's Your Take on Toy Guns?

May 31, 2011 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

For years, summer was synonymous with Super Soakers for me. You know those crazy water guns that hold like a millions gallons of water so you could soak your sibling? My brother and I each had one and I remember having so much fun playing with them in the summer.

Fast forward a few years and now I have a child of my own. She was recently given a toy water gun like the ones pictured above and I freaked the moment she saw it. My immediate reaction was, “I don’t want my 2-year-old playing with a gun.” Of course, I then flashed back to my own childhood playing with Super Soakers and questioned whether I was over-reacting. I played with water guns as a child, but I don’t own one now. Would it really be that big a deal if my daughter played with this little water gun in the bath tub?

In the end, I decided  wouldn’t keep the gun from her, but I refuse to call it a gun. Instead, it’s just a squirter and you never, ever point it directly at someone.

Am I being crazy, though? I know she’ll eventually find out what a gun is, but shouldn’t I shield her for as long as possible? What would you do? Do you let your child play with toys guns or water guns? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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