Kids with Toy Guns

April 12, 2012

This morning, I received a call from a babysitter in Vancouver. She was very distressed after the child she cares for received a new gift from his parents.

​The child was given a large toy gun as a gift from his parents. The babysitter now finds herself frightened, and feels kinds of silly about it. Who is scared of a toy gun? However, she originates from a war-tron country, and has personal experience with real guns threatening her life and the lives of those she loves. We understand.

Based on her background, she finds it difficult to cope with a 5 year old boy running around the house shooting at her with a toy gun, as it brings back horrible memories. She is worried about bringing it up with the parents, as it's the child's favourite toy.

I feel that she must talk to the family about this, as it makes her feel very uncomfortable. What would you do?

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