This isn't exactly a teaching question, so I hope it's OK that I posted it in the "teacher time-out" area. :unsure: My 7 year old has me concerned. During his independent play time (dramatic play time) he plays with his toys (legos, dinosaurs, bionicles, etc.) in a very "villain" oriented way. It's like he'd obsessed with "bad guys." He uses words like "evil" a LOT. He plays with his little toys using creepy voices that his says are "scary voices" or "evil voices" for the "bad guys." Also, when we're reading stories to him, he always wants to read the "bad guys'" lines using his "evil/scary" voice. At first I considered his interest to be creative and dramatic, but he ONLY wants to read the bad-guys' lines, never the kind characters or heroes. I try to play with him often and model kind, friendly play with his bionicles and dinosaurs and so on, but he's not interested in "mommy's way of playing." Should I take away his toys like bionicles? They do have a rather scary look to them, but we thought that they'd be OK toys because you build them and have to read and follow step-by-step directions (they're made by lego) and we figured they were a "boy version" of playing with dolls. How should I handle this? He doesn't have any close friends and I'm worried that this odd behavior will repel friends and concern his teachers come fall (our family is moving to a new town and I want him to be able to make friends without these new friends' parents thinking his behavior is troubling.) Am I simply over-reacting? I'm considering having him chat with a counselor. I'd love to hear from parents who can offer gentle advice regarding this situation. Thank you.