After a rather wet start to the day I decided to take BG to the park to the park for the afternoon.
In the past few months BG's confidence has really grown and she love to talk and interact with other children, especially the older ones.
Today two boys who were 6 and 7 were playing shops underneath the slide, BG asked is she could play and they said yes. I normally move her away from the older children as I don't want her to annoy them plus at only 2 3/4 she is too young to play most of their games. As they were playing shops I let her play ( I was right next to them), what I didn't realise was it was a weapon and food shop (their words) and to be honest I was really shocked.
BG was being the shop keeper and they has for "rocket launchers" "old styles rifles" and "smokeless grenades" how do they know this stuff??
I very quickly moved BG on the slide and then the swings as I was not comfortable with her 'selling' guns and weapons. She kept wanting to go back and play and eventually I took her to get a ice cream, when we came back they were still there. She immediately ran over to play, with them so I had to do some fancy footwork and got her to play on something else.
BG didn't understand what they were asking for and in the future I will be keeping her away from the older children.
Even now I feel uncomfortable at the thought of such young boys basically playing 'Arm dealers'.
Am I overreacting?
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