Then, for my son’s last birthday, one of his friends bought him a toy gun set. I was surprised by how much he loved it. Foam bullets started whizzing through the house.
But the recent gun protests in the US made me stop and think. There were kids, some of them traumatised, getting up to speak, or standing out in the cold holding signs, trying to change laws, because they genuinely feared other kids firing at them with real guns.
Should we really be giving our kids toy guns to play with? Is it a bit wrong? Or is it all just harmless fun?
Principal child psychologist Dr Kimberley O’Brien from the Quirky Kid Clinic has never bought toy weapons for her kids.
In fact, she doesn’t want her kids playing with them at all.
“I cringe if they get given a weapon as a present because I think, ‘I’m going to have to get rid of that, subtly,’” she tells Mamamia.