Thursday, April 21, 2011


I think forbidding toy guns is another instance of superstitious magic practiced unwittingly by parents.

The idea that one can make a sacrifice to assure future success is ancient among humans, isn't it?

Deprivation doesn't create appreciation. It creates some or all of desire, neediness, curiosity, fascination, resentment, obsession, anger...

Unfortunately the real sacrifice parents make too often is their child's happiness and their own hope of a full and healthy relationship with that child and future adult.
photo by Sandra Dodd


  1. I didn't grow up with guns, toy or real, so it surprised me when my son started to love any type of weapon play. It's taken a while, but I'm cool with it now & even enjoy at light saber battle or two myself these days! (Easter Bunny will be bringing a basket full of guns: water guns, yeehaw!)


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