Mom•Logic's Julie says: I have mixed emotions about my son's martial arts class.
My 7-year-old son started karate class this week. Friends of mine who are pro-karate say it makes kids more focused and disciplined. But as I sat in the lobby of the Fred Villari institute, I found myself a bit disturbed by all the hitting, kicking, and yelling. Yes, my son looked super cute in his Gi, but he didn't look so cute carrying the plastic gun the karate instructor encouraged all the boys sitting in a circle to lunge for. Whoever got the gun got to pretend they were shooting up the rest of the class. Am I too sensitive, or is this just wrong?