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it's never too early to get 'em started is it.
My 7 year old daughter was just pestering me for a story while I was ogling Scyla on the GW website, so I got out my army book and read her Scyla's background story. She loved it! We had a great discussion about whether the gifts of chaos are a blessing or a curse, and moved on to cover a little bit of cultural anthropology relating to the marauder tribes.
Then we did Vilitch the curseling.
Then she asked when she could collect an army so there were some goodies (I'd explained that mine are evil, not that that's bad so much as a life choice...).
So today, GW has introduced my daughter to fantasy fiction, cultural anthropology and the conceps of relative and subjective good and evil. Not bad for a Sunday and definitely a better theology lesson than she'd get going to church.
.......and also the fact that even the most noble hearts and noble deeds can lead you on a path of Damnation (I love those stories). Also the lesson that 'evil' is purely seen by the opposing factions and I'm sure the old Norsii tribes saw Sigmar as evil as he hunted them through the Frozen Troll country, burnt their homes, killed their families and took their lands. The moral of the story should read: "Religion says I'm doing good, so I must be"
If my child is anything like me he'll just go "That's a big axe.............that's awesome"
I do the same for my niece. She wants to play nurgle. Some part of me thinks she is a herald of him since she calle Ku'gath Plaugefather "cute".
Last edited by The Odor; February 19th, 2012 at 11:20.
Well charlotte's pretty mature for a seven year old. She's had to deal with he brother having cancer and routinely possesses greater medical knowledge than the junior doctors!
She already has her first sword, a katana thanks to my mates from uni.
Intelligence is a mixed blessing though, there's a need for constant stimulation, and ignorance often is bliss? That said, I wouldn't have it any other way.
Kids love a good gory story though, it's a great way to introduce more adult concepts, and after reading the stories she nicked the army book and looked through the art and miniatures pages, coming back to tell me how cool the shaggoth was and demanding to know why I didn't have one.
My son may be a lost cause though, he keeps eyeing up the ork gargants and Meks in the Exeter GW store display cabinet.
Last edited by Seth-Ra the Everliving; February 19th, 2012 at 13:03. Reason: OCD
I can only hope that when I have kids they would take such an interest...and at such a young age! hopefully I can pass on the chaos gene..for khorne!
“If you’re in the penalty area and don’t know what to do with the ball, put it in the net and we’ll discuss the options later.” – Bob Paisley
I like to read my nephew Greek and Roman myths much to the chagrin of his mother who prefers dainty fairy stories but I know he prefers mine. His favourite is Thesues and the minotaur but I tell the proper version where Theseus leaves Ariadne on the island and his father jumps off the cliff. He likes it though but he still doesn't get the moral.
I haven't got the heart to tell him how Jason and Medea end up after leaving Chalchis.
I may experiment next time with a bit of warhammer fantasy storytime. I will tell him the legend of Archaon the Everchosen. I think he will like that.
"my heart pump gangsta"
Nothing like the old Grimm Bros fairytales to put hair on your chest, lol. My mom was a little overprotective, but my dad was a military man and made up for it by exposing me to all the good war movies ('A Bridge to Far,' 'Patton,' 'Sands of Iwo Jima,') and the GI Joe series. I remember he used to pull some cruel stunts, from never believing that he should just 'let me win,' to shoving me off of a dock to learn to swim (he had to jump in after me, lol). He also exposed me to anime, Macross namely, that he brought home from Japan - lots of adult themes, heroes dying, GI Joe spent a lot of time on the shelf after that. Mom was freaking out the whole time.
When I have kids, I hope to do the same thing for them. I was reading 'Red Badge of Courage' and 'The Killer Angels' at age 9, 'Shogun' by the time I was a teenager. America has become so overly sensitive - everybody is special, everybody deserves to be accepted, everyone expects it to be fair as long as they're treated best. It's stupid. The world isn't like that, and it's just perpetuating the international opinion that we Yanks are just a bunch of overweight, sensitive, spoiled little brats. Not my kids. My kids are going to have honest morals, work ethic, and have a fierce enough sense of pride that insults will just roll off them. Acceptance is great - I preach it to just about everyone - but thinking that you shouldn't have to earn acceptance is immature. Growing up that way worked for me, and if there's anything I can thank my dad for, it's that.