Hello, I am new to the board as I have found this from google. I decided to google my curiousity and decided to post and ask you all. I have 3 kids, 2 sons and 1 daughter, one 12 and daughter and son 11. We live in an older house semi suburb/ country with an old basement door leading directly outside. Now that school is out, my kids are somewhat active in recreation baseball, little league other activities as well as playing with the neighbor hood kids. Lately they have been playing prisoner of war/hostage , POW, where have pretend to be prisoners and the other captors. The game itself seems alright but i wonder if it goes overboard at all. they pretend to lock the prisoners in the basement area and also have a pretend interrogation room. While they are loud and playful, i must stress in no way are they unconfortable. What got my attention though one day was when going downstairs to put some laundry in I see my daughter tied up to a basement pole as a "prisoner" I was a little shocked and first instinct was to untie her but she told me they were just playing and that she was a hostage. I realized they had used some rope in the basement workroom amongest many other "props" as they call it. I left it at that and as the game would go off and on in the next few days my sons were also tied up along with other neighborhood children. This is my question is this normal behavior to more or less be playing these type of hostage and tie up games? Like I said it appears everyone is ok and they agree to it. This seems really in depth and thought out as they pretend to use torture techniques, not for real, but to make them talk, such as pretend pain for the guys, and other things like tickling for the girls, as far as im aware they don't actually do it. So again my question is is this a normal thing, should i stop it, am i being too much of a nanny? One of the guys yesterday brought over extra rope to tie up more hostages, so that is what made me think even more and ultimatly google this. I found this message board based on some other posts. Thoughts?