Power to the Preschoolers
A lot of modern mothers and fathers are concerned about their preschooler’s penchant for toy guns. Even if they forbid their little one to possess such items, they become alarmed when he finishes his Popsicle, points the stick, and exclaims, “Bang…you’re dead!”
What parents need to realize is that this fascination with firearms has little to do with “violence” and everything to do with “power.” Preschoolers are small creatures in a big world where they certainly are not in charge and typically have minimal control over what happens to them. Consequently, they are drawn to fantasy activities that give them the feeling that they are a force to be reckoned with.
The solution is to encourage activities in which their preschooler can fantasize about being powerful without having to be inappropriately violent. It is even better if the child can imagine using his powers to be helpful rather than destructive. Many classes at Romp n’ Roll provide precisely that type of opportunity. If you are not currently enrolled, we invite you to schedule a free trial class to see how we work imaginative play into our weekly lesson plans!