There are many differences between boys and girls, but one big one is their toys. Cooper and Cole are typical boys. They love cars, trains, trucks and Legos, which I am completely cool with and actually like as well. But Cooper and Cole are boys and are starting to show an interest in typical boys' toys like Nerf guns, swords/lightsabers and motorcycles.
It is tough for me to embrace some of my sons' new passions as I am not a big fan of these types of toys. My brothers never really played with this stuff, however, my husband Ken did. Ken does respect my concerns about exposing the boys to guns, swords, etc., but also realizes that Cooper and Cole are boys, and it is normal for boys to want to play this stuff.
So what do I do? Ken and I have taken the strategy of making sure the boys understand how to use these toys safely and not use them to hurt each other. For example, if Cooper shoots his Nerf gun at someone, he gets it taken away immediately.
Secretly, my strategy has been to highly encourage the cars and trains more and more. I have also 'put away' the Nerf gun and wooden swords, however if they ask for them I do bring them out. I guess my hope is "out of sight, out of mind".