Well. That was not the case by any means. Responses poured in from passionate parents saying they do not promote any make-believe characters in their homes. "To do so would be unfair to our children, who trust us so much." "How can we teach them to be logical, realistic human beings if we invent fairy tales for them?" "Raising your kids to believe in the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, or the Tooth Fairy is nothing more than glorified lying, if you ask me."
|Santa Claus is an evil story made up by parents to deceive their children!|
(Photo credit: Aunt Maggie)
Children have imaginations, and there's really nothing you can do about that (except try to squash them, perhaps by saying, "Only the things you see are real! You will never believe in Santa Claus!"). I personally don't see anything wrong with encouraging them. Eventually kids figure it all out, but I don't remember being traumatized when I found out Santa, the TF, or the EB weren't real. (Or maybe I was and I've repressed it. Gosh, thanks, Mom and Dad!)
We already started a little tradition, called the "Elf on the Shelf", where a few weeks before Christmas, you set out the Elf to watch the children in the house and report back to Santa every night. The family is supposed to think of a name for the Elf (my husband sweetly named him "Creeper" until Little Olive can name it herself) so he becomes a part of the family. I think it's a really cute idea.
Of course, you can take it too far. (Everything in moderation, right?) It should be about the kids, about adding a little something extra to their childhood. I don't think it's okay to use fear/monsters to keep your children in bed at night, or something like that. But positive, happy, cute additions are harmless, to me.
What do you think?