As Christmas approaches, many parents of school-age kids wrestle with the question of when and how to tell their child the truth about Santa. On the one hand, many parents want to make the magic last as long as possible. On the other, you dont want your child to come home from school after being told that Santa is and has always been mom and dad and that they have been duped for years.
So whats a parent to do? First and foremost, its important to keep in mind that there is no magic age when a child should learn the truth. It can vary depending on the child, what the parents want to share, and how much the child really wants to know. (I can still vividly recall backtracking in panic after my son became teary a few years ago when I hinted that Santa may not be real--AFTER he demanded the truth.) Its also worth noting that the magic of Santa and love and sharing is very real, and not something that kids have to give up, just because they know their toy came from a store and not the North Pole.
Read my tips on how to tell kids the truth about Santa and the Tooth Fairy. And whatever you decide to share with your kids about Santa, heres to hoping you have a magical holiday with your kids.
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At What Age Should Kids Be Told the Truth About Santa? originally appeared on About.com Parenting School Age Children on Monday, December 2nd, 2013 at 11:36:47.
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