My four-year-old son is getting in trouble at preschool for playing a forbidden game.
I asked the teacher about it, because he kept getting a frowny face in his take-home folder, and for two days in a row she had written down "gun."
The teacher said, "He's been taking a block and pretending it is a G-U-N. He was even making the sound with his mouth! Also another child began to imitate him!"
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I tried to look suitably shocked. Little boys pretending to shoot guns?! Oh the horror!
She explained further. "I redirected their play, and I showed him that the block can be a tower or a house, but that it is inappropriate to use it as a G-U-N. But then a few minutes later..." She paused here and added very gravely, "He was doing it again."
Again I tried to match her grave expression. Well, I mean, I tried to keep a straight face.
It was difficult.
I understand the school's policy is against violent play. I really do, and I will back the teacher up 100% on that. (Little Boy didn't get his being-good-at-school-treat that day.)
However... I can't really get all that worked up about it. Maybe it's because I'm from Alabama.
Also, here's the thing: Little boys pretend to shoot guns. Kids play war. They just DO, okay?
And, let's get real here: Most of the kids at this preschool are from military homes. Their families' livelihoods are actually BASED on war.
So excuse me if I'm not at DEFCON ONE when my son aims a block at someone and says, "Pow! Pow!"