There comes a time in every parent’s life where they must make this difficult decision: do I tell my child the truth about Santa or do I try to convince them otherwise? It is a choice that only you, as a parent, know. But as the holidays come in full force, we have some tips to help you in case you may need to have that discussion.
Has your child started asking questions? If so, it could be a good opening for you to get them talking about what may be logical to them or not. For instance, did they ask how Santa can get to every house in one night? Let your child steer the conversation, and be sure to take cues from them – if they already know the truth, don’t prolong the fantasy for your own enjoyment.
Once your child is ready to accept the truth, it doesn’t mean that the holidays are ruined. Santa represents joy and happiness; try to convert that belief into other expressions of the holiday spirit, such as the joy of volunteering or happiness in giving to others. Soon, your child will be well-adjusted to the idea, especially when you break the news about the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny! W