Jordan Holland wrote:I would explain to a child that things like Santa are ideas, and ideas can be as real as we make them be. Santa is an idea used by parents to teach children to have imagination, to dream, to believe, and to be the good they want to see in the world. It is a right of passage, but no matter how old you get, the lesson is still there to be learned. Maybe it even becomes more important the older we get.
Christopher Shepherd wrote:Well, I feel for you here. I put my poor momma through the ringer on this one. I was 4 and said" mamma birds have wings and fly right?, airplanes have wings and fly right? Rain deer don't have wings". I'll never forget the look on her face. She was almost devastated. She said the next thing I said was " that means there is no such thing as the Easter bunny either?" I never told my little brother and he didn't find out till he was about 10. It really cool, because by little brother is way more artistic than I am. We are totally different and we are ok with that. I think when the child has the logical ability to separate imagination from reality its ok for them to know. Raising my own child on a farm has given me the same challenges that mom had. A child that does their own chores at a young age teaches physics quickly. My son figured it out at 6 years old and I would watch him smile and play along when one of his older cousins would mention Santa or the Easter bunny. I wish you luck.
G Freden wrote:Well, we were upfront about it from the start with our son so our situation is slightly different, but as far as Santa goes, we let him "be" Santa and help fill our stockings. He doesn't see what's in his own (we do that after he's in bed) but he and I will sneak in and fill his dad's, then his dad will sneak in with him to fill mine. I would say tell him the truth, and let him be a part of the magic for his sisters.