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When at the age of 4 they ask if Santa is real because he or she heard Santa's a fake we should sit them down and explain it to them.
And when the oldest finally comes to me with the big question? I plan on quietly sitting her down, hugging her, and letting her in on the grown-up secrets and the magic we try to create for our little ones. I will entrust her with being a keeper of her younger sisters' illusions and dreams as I bestow upon her the titles of Santa's Helper, Easter Bunniette, and Tooth Fairy-in-Training.
Originally posted by I See You
Do you tell your children that there is a god or do you tell them the truth and tell them you have no idea if he's real or not?
Originally posted by Lyriox
On the topic of telling things to children, I find one thing pretty ironic:
"Don't talk to strangers."
"Come here and say hello, don't be shy."
Doesn't that seem a bit confusing to you?
Originally posted by intrepid
That's a bit of a stretch. If you are encouraging them to meet someone, obviously they're not a stranger.
Originally posted by Bastet
No, I don't think there's any real disagreement between us, intrepid. HombreConUnPollo said we should explain things to children to the best of our ability. Now if I also add to that - within the child's ability to understand - then isn't that what you're saying too, intrepid?
The same precept applies to the direct questions asked by children. These should be answered truthfully, and in a manner appropriate to the child's level of understanding. That's my considered opinion.