Inspired by the thread about the teacher who told 1st graders that there is no Santa. I would like to have a debate about the Santa myth in general and leave the discussion about what the teacher did out of it.
I decided against participating in this with my child. I saw it as lying. I was very uncomfortable with the idea that eventually she would know that I lied, for years. I did see it as harmful. Convincing her that some dude was watching her all the time and if she was good she would get gifts, then she finds out that every adult she knew was punking her.
What is your take on this? Did you make a conscious decision to participate or not?
When your kids found out how did that go?
And what was your experience as a kid? Did anyone grow up without the Santa myth?
In my view it’s not a good thing, but please don’t think I’m questioning your parenting or whatever. I’m simply relating my experience and the opinion I arrived at based on that experience. I would like to hear yours