I was visiting an atheist friend earlier and his 5 year old son came up to show him a toy in a newspaper ad that he wants for xmas. My bud tells him
to go put it on his list for Santa so he goes across the room to his little desk and busts out the crayon and I asked him "Why do you tell him Santa's
Now I didn't say it loud, the TV was on and his son didn't hear me, I made sure of that.
This is my friends response: "SHHHHH!!!!!!!!" and he jumps up waving me out of the room. So we go in the kitchen and he explains in a pretty irritated
way (this guy is usually chill as can be) "We don't want him to feel alone or ruin it for the other kids at school". I say well you don't teach him
about god, what's the difference. He says this is just for fun and no harm will be done once the kid figures it out and I questioned that. Nothing got
resolved or compromise be made, he told me I don't have kids so I wouldn't know and I left shortly after.
Looking back to my childhood and the way I look at people now, I wouldn't have been ashamed of my elders for telling me the truth OR never telling me
that laundry list of lies to begin with. If anything it would be the opposite, I would have respected them more. I remember being 7 or 8 and other
kids moms, teachers, grown-ups bending down asking "Looking forward to Santa coming?" and being like No? wtf do you take me for?
Here is the thing, it never really was fun to believe that stuff. The Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Jesus, all that stuff is so SO far-fetched 2nd
graders call bs on it. I don't think I ever really did believe it and all it instilled in me was the knowledge that my loved ones would lie to me for
no good reason.. but they knew what was best for me, right. Some of you out there with very young kids should try this, don't tell your kids these
fairy tales. Let them hear it at school or TV and when they ask you about it tell them you don't believe in it, do they? I bet it would take your
average 5 year old 3 seconds to scratch his head and decide nahhhh.
So my point is that by telling your kids these myths not only are you losing they're trust but your teaching them that its alright to be dishonest
sometimes. Telling them about Jesus or your religion is totally different, you believe that yourself. Telling them things that you know for a fact are
untrue is wrong though. My story about my friend and his son at the beginning of the thread was totally made up, now does that make me a bad person?
No, but it makes me dishonest and you will be less inclined to believe what I say now. Thanks for reading!
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