A prominent psychologist, a professor at Stanford University, went on to say that children should not be forbidden from playing war games. Rather, such play should be viewed as "natural outlets for emotional tensions." It's also a way, she said, of expressing a healthy rather than "morbid" interest in war. Today's parents would do well to embrace the same commonsense view of their children's imaginations. In this regard, it is interesting to note that as adult anxiety over children playing "war" and "cops and robbers" has increased, along with prohibitions concerning such fanciful play, so has bullying. Correlation does not prove cause, but this particular juxtaposition should make adults think twice about banning index-finger pistols and that sort of harmless stuff from their homes (and schools).
Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents' questions at parentguru.com.