M.O. asks from Minneapolis, MN on October 25, 2007
Seeking Advice About Child Drawing Violent Pictures
My 7 year old son had a homework assignment for class that requires him to write a sentence and draw a picture regarding the sentence. He drew a very violent and disturbing picture. I don't know what to do or how to react. I have never seen him behave violently or draw violence. I wonder if he has seen something on TV or if some kid at school has spoken about this subject. I cannot imagine how he could come up with this scene. I do not allow violent TV shows. I don't let him watch Power Rangers or anything like that. His TV viewing is very limited and monetered by myself and his dad. We do not us corporal punishment I don't know what to do.
T.S. answers from Minneapolis on October 26, 2007
I guess I would ask, what was the sentence he used with the picture or what the picture was about? I'd try to ask if there's anything bothering him. Or maybe just ask what the picture means, kids are usuallly pretty open when they are younger, he may suprise you and tell you what it's about. If you are really worried, you could always call the school and talk to one of the counselors, maybe they can help with some sort of evaluation by talking with your son. I think it's very important to find the underlying issue of the picture and then take any necessary steps from there.
M.C. answers from Minneapolis on October 26, 2007
I don't know the details of the picture but ask him if anybody has done anything to him or if anything is bothering him. Maybe just be out there and ask him why he picked that to draw instead of something else. At seven I'd think he'd have a reason for you.
N.J. answers from Minneapolis on October 26, 2007
it would be more helpful to determine with knowing what the sentence is.
boys usually do draw more 'graphic' pictures than girls do, as a norm.
I would talk with him before you go anywhere else to discuss what might be going on with him...your best bet is the source...your son.
J.S. answers from Minneapolis on October 26, 2007
What was the picture and sentence?