I had many Great Parenting Ideas before I had children, among them that no son of mine would every play with toy guns.
Then I actually had a son, and he turned bananas into rifles and peas into bullets. And I realized that my expectations had been a teensy bit unrealistic.
I am now the proud mother of three boys and (therefore) the proud owner of every plastic piece of weaponry known to mankind. We have rifles, pistols, light sabres, pirate swords, ninja swords, nerf guns, water guns and more. Really, the U.S. Armed Forces shouldn't give up their hunt for weapons of mass destruction until they've had a go at our playroom.
The problem has been how to store all of this. Toy guns and swords (especially the big ones) fit very awkardly, if at all, in most storage containers. Recently, I had a brain storm and bought a big kitchen trash can (a new, clean one, of course). I keep it in the corner of the playroom, and it's proven to be the best weapon storage solution I've found. A bonus? I bought a second one for Hot Wheels tracks. Works for me!
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