The Top Fifteen Rules for Boys (Written by Boys for Boys) RULE #3–NO HITTING REALLY HARD WITH SWORDS AND RULE #4–NO STABBING BALLS WITH SWORDS

Just to recap, my 4- and 9-year old sons Luke and Patrick came up with these “House Rules” on their own to make my husband and me happy. (I am quite pleased with the rules because they also keep my little guys safe, which is not easy in a house of four boys.)

Last week, I outlined RULE #1–”No punching.”

Rule #2 is” No kicking,” which is self-explanatory.

Today, I’m addressing rules #3 and #4, which are tied together by sword play.

Now, I have to point out upfront that I am not a parent who advocates violence. But I have boys, and they pine over weapons such as guns, swords, and scythes (my 9-year-old’s want of the moment, because he wants to be the grim reaper for Halloween). I give in, with ground rules. Our guns are Nerf guns, our swords are made of foam, and the scythe, which I ordered this morning, is plastic. When using these weapons (the scythe will never be used, except as a prop for Halloween), we don’t shoot or hit above the neck, which is my rule. But my sons have now come up with their own for safe play.

My sons’ Rule #3 is “No hitting hard with swords.” Considering that the swords are foam, it seems like it would be impossible for them to inflict pain. But, when hit hard, it feels as if you’ve been slapped–hard. So, my sons decided that their sword play with be more “play” and less like an actual dual.

Rule #4 is “No stabbing balls hard with swords.” And, yes, they’re talking testicles here. Because a hard hit with a foam sword feels like a hard slap, avoiding the ball area is warranted. Plus, my 4-year-old will sometimes make swords with Tinker Toys, which are hard plastic. My husband has been on the receiving end of one of these stabbings. Ouch! Thank goodness he’s already had all of his children…

Later this week, more rules…

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