Jiraiya’s death? And Itachi’s ‘give me your light’ eye-coveting? That’s a big nope for now.
It’s not just my son’s age that’s the problem, but his tendency to climb into character. It’s cute when his toys are using Shikamaru’s Shadow Mimic Jutsu, or when he puts his gloves on and pretends to be Sakura, asking if you’re hurt so he can heal you. It’s not so cute when he’s using Gentle Fist to open doors and trying to avoid responsibility by blaming things on his Shadow Clone.
He’s a smart child, and he’s very imaginative. I’m not always the smartest mom though, and I can’t help but wonder if I would’ve foreseen the negative side-effects if I’d been less wowed by our mutual enjoyment. Asking yourself that type of question rarely gives you any real answers though. In parenting, just like every other aspect of life, you live and you learn. You try to be better, and you understand that sometimes shit just happens.
When he’s older, he’ll be able to pick up the more honourable themes of the story, like never giving up and the importance of the bonds we make. At this age, all of that is overshadowed by battling, and his fondness for the concept that one is powerless against internal evil. That in particular is not something I want my child to believe, and it's definitely not the message that Naruto is trying to send.
So I'm going to try phasing it out. Which is parenting -speak for 'Don't bring it up and hope the kid forgets for now'. Writing that down makes me seem like a coward, but I don't want him to feel like this is a punishment. Naruto is an awesome show and I'm worried that he'll think I'm telling him that there's something wrong with the show itself, when there really isn't.
Hold thumbs for me?