His favorite toy since he was 2 has been Thomas the Tank Engine and friends. Here's part of his collection:
I'm not sure, but I think he's starting to lose a little interest... not much, but a little. I wonder if it's partly because his friends at school are saying Thomas is for babies.
We had a talk about it and he said, "The box says it's for 3 year-olds and over." So I replied with, "Well, then it's for you. Are you older than 3? It's for Mommy, too... I'm older than 3." He seemed ok with that answer.
I'm not ready for Thomas to go. I like the innocence and the stories Will makes up using the trains. He's very creative and the tracks give him something to manipulate.
Even with that said, I'm ready to introduce something new to Will, but I'm just not sure what yet. I don't want him watching Star Wars or Indian Jones... which are very popular among the boys his age. I often wonder if the parents let their boys watch these movies or are the kids just interested because of the light sabers and whips?
I just don't think I'm ready for Will to be exposed to images like this.
What's up with his eyes? That's just creepy...
Sure the star-ships are cool, but the violence is constant, the evil characters are scary and some of the good characters are too.
And then there is Indian Jones... the language, the alcohol, shootings, stabbing, stealing and gun fights.
We don't let the boys watch too many PG movies in general. We watch PBS during the day and even some of those cartoons use words that I would rather not hear (ie "shut up" and "stupid").
At what point am I being too overprotective? When does it become *ok* to let my boys watch these shows? Are these shows just the modern day Cops & Robbers or Cowboys & Indians?
Am I just over thinking all of this??
What do your boys find interesting? Do they watch these movies? Do they have questions about them? Nightmares from them?
Any suggestions for less violent toys for boys?
I know I'm full of questions in this post and I know my boys can't stay little forever. I sure would appreciate some extra input today.