Re: WHEN TO TELL ABOUT SANTA, TOOTH FAIRY AND THE EASTER BUNNY
Asked by bec-979
Hi to everyone again,
I would like GA_googleFillSlot("minti_advice_island_logged_out_300x250"); to ask what age do you think you should tell your children the truth about santa, the easter bunny and the tooth fairy as my eldest boy is 11 and he always questions me about this, I dont really want to tell him because I know if he got cranky about something he would tell the younger ones and I dont think that is fair on them they have the right to enjoy a little bit af magic for a few more years. I believed until I was 12 then accidentally found the Santa presents in my parents wardrobe. I was devastated and delighted at the same time that A he wasnt real and B that mum and dad had been able to carry along with it for so long.
Any advice welcomed
You could try telling him that it is the special responsibility of the older children in each family to keep the magic going for the little ones as long as possible. I used that with my son who is now 14 and was starting to question santa, aster Bunny, Tooth Fairy in front of his younger sister a few years ago. As much as I didn't want to end the magic for him I figured he was hearing it at school too and I didn't want himt o be made fun of (especially being a boy) if he was one of the only ones left who did believe.
You could also try sending your son a letter from "Santa" explaining that after a certain age Santa elists parents to help with older kids so that he can deliver to the little ones, and again, that it is the job of older kids to keep the magic alive for the younger ones as long as possible.
If you must fess up to him, then tell him one of the upsides of not believing in Santa is that he can go shopping with you to shoose one or two of his gifts, provided he doesn't blab to the younger ones - and that if he does he will miss out this year AND next!
I also tell my youngest that I am "an old lady" and I STILL believe in Santa. When she asks why adults don't get as many presents as kids I just tell her that there is no way Santa could deliver that much to so many people and that we had our turn when we were kids, and that's the way it works.