Before I had kids, I thought parents who let their kids play with toy guns were…misguided. I judged them. And I judged them hard.
Swords were sorta okay in my mind though. Swords are somehow better than guns. Why is that? All the parents I know are 732% more likely to buy their kids toy swords than toy guns. I guess it might have something to do with kids not killing each other with swords when they grow up. So they seem safer? More socially acceptable?
Still. Don’t fall for this line of deception. Swords suck.
I don’t buy either one for my kids. But it doesn’t matter. They make them. Tinkertoys, LEGO, sticks, paper towel rolls. All of these things can be easily fashioned into advanced weaponry.
But I’m going to let you in on my dirty little secret. I much prefer guns.
Well, the handmade ones at least. (My former pre-kids self would be appalled! Don’t tell her. I hate it when she judges me.)
This is why guns are better. Using LEGO® as their gun material:
It is a proximity thing.
See how they can be across a room, safely killing each other? Handmade guns don’t actually work. Nobody gets hurt. Awesome!
But with LEGO® swords it is like this:
Too close. They hit the swords together. They hit each other. Handmade swords work! Which means they get hurt. Swords suck.
Yay toy guns! Or…wait, what am I saying here exactly? That can’t be right.
Sigh. Parenting is confusing. (Tell that to my former pre-kids self. Also tell her to sleep in while she still can.)
Truth be told, Crappy Boy didn’t even know the word “gun” until he was four. I kept him locked up in a nice little bubble for as long as I could. He learned about them from other kids at the park.
I know this can be a hot topic for some people. I hate hot topics. I much prefer lukewarm ones. Like urine.