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Should You Set Limits for Pretend Play?

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Clarify Your Values

Kids want to understand power in relationships. By killing the “bad guys,” they can, in their minds, exert some control over their world. “Model ways of problem solving that are respectful of all the parties concerned and that are not hurtful physically or emotionally,” says Marjan Wilkes, a longtime preschool teacher. “Talk about what you can do to promote a more peaceful culture.”