Tuesday, March 24, 2009

nature vs. nurture?

I'm sure I've handed the girls (and boys) baby dolls and taught them how to give "Ahhhhhhs" with hugs and little wet kisses. But never (and I'm sure about this) have I pointed an index finger (let alone a real gun) and made a shooting sound. Where do boys learn this?! Is it genetic? The girls don't routinely do this...but Frank (and all the little men for that matter) are packin heat with their index-finger-pistol from the moment they crawl out of bed in the morning. Frank takes aim and chooses his breakfast cereal with one eye closed and the trigger pulled. "Pow" (apparently he's having Fruit Loops, partner.)


Anonymous said...

It is in their blood. I think it is a male thing. We do not have a gun in our house and my son always played cops and robbers.

Anonymous said...

My son does the same thing, even though there is not a gun to be found anywhere around here and I'm careful not to let him watch TV shows that have violence! I, too, have wondered where on earth they learn this stuff! I think all it takes is seeing it one time somewhere and they think it's a cool new game or something! I'm glad to know it's not just my son who does this...I was starting to wonder about him...!!!!! Hahaha!

Barb said...

My boys did that too. They didn't have play guns when they were little and they didn't watch those types of shows, but they started making toys guns out of Legos when they were around 3 or 4 years old. Boggled my mind. Made my husband laugh. We did have play guns when we were kids and none of us grew up with any inclination to hurt someone with one, so I tried not to make a big deal out of them playing that way.