Forget what the neighbors’ kids play. Be wary of the social-emotional risks of certain toys, as many send a violent message that could later lead to destructive behavior.
Dr. Joel Steinberg, a pediatrician at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says, “Parents should be very careful in selecting toys that may encourage violent behaviors, such as toy guns, knives, bow and arrows, or computer games and violent videos.”
Youngsters who play “violent video games” are not participating in real-life experiences. If they run into a roadblock on a computer game, they may destroy it, and that’s not appropriate in real life, the physician says.
Steinberg offers these other holiday-shopping tips:
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