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Michael Thompson, senior advisor to the PBS Parents Guide to Understanding and Raising Boys, took your questions about the issues facing boys today and how parents can understand what our sons are going through.
Liz from Orange, CA, writes:: My question relates to the boys playing good guys versus bad guys. My son, when playing with his toys, most often wants to be the bad guy.
He thinks the bad guy is cool. Most pictures he draws involve guns, knives and other weapons. He draws this guy shooting or stabbing that guy. That part concerns me a bit. How normal is that? On the whole, he isn't a mean child.
I've restricted his use of guns, but I think that may just bring more attention to it. It's just been hard to figure out where to draw the line.
Dear Liz, I understand why your son's desire to play the bad guy and his fascination with guns concerns you, and I understand why you have written to me. Many mothers worry about the content of their son's play.
It is tough to be a single mom sometimes, because you don't have a man there to say, persuasively, "Don't worry, he's going to be fine," when a boy does stuff like this. If you had been raised with brothers, you might have had the experience of seeing a brother who loved gun play when he was little turn out to be a responsible, non-violent adult.
I once met a woman who remembers her older brother shooting her with plastic pellets when they were little. He now heads a foundation devoted to ridding the world of chemical weapons.
I'm not worried about your son's gun play as long as it really is play. Children's play is just play.
Play and real violence are two different things. If your son hits people, gets real angry at them, pokes them in the eye, or does scary things to them, that's a bad sign. If other boys don't want to play with him; if they leave your house crying, that's not good. You haven't told me your son's age, but I think these questions might work for most boys under ten.
Is he a loving boy most of the time? Do the teachers at school or preschool tell you that he behaves in class? Does he curl up next to you when you're watching television? Is he respectful of you and his grandparents?
Does he like being read to at bedtime? Does he have good freinds? If the answer to all of those question is "yes" then I am pretty sure that he's not going to grow up to be a dangerous boy.
Psychologists know that children need to play out many things in their imagination. Boys seem to love to play at being bad, or having super powers. It makes them feel strong and masculine.
If you are a good boy in real life, pretending that you are a bad guy can be exciting, because we all have a few villainous fantasies in our minds, don't we? Come on, haven't you ever had a fantasy of breaking the law, or getting even with someone you hated? Little boys work these tensions out in their play.
It is just play. Schools ban it because they are afraid of stimulating the entire class, or having one boy get worked up and lose control.
Fair enough, but you ought to be able to play at home and I think you recognize that at the end of your email when you say, "I feel he may need the outlet at home. He's going to be fine. Susan from Crown Point, IN, asks: As a mother, how do I get my son to understand that smoking pot is not good for him?
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