I feel that it's lying to them. Their dads are asking that I give them the innocence while they're young
Imagination is great for development and my daughter was fed the myths of Santa and the tooth fairy.
When she started to question we helped her to set up experiments so she could work out whether or not santa and the tooth fairy were real.
We can all enjoy myths and fantasy and ghost stories, but as long as we have been taught the tools to separate fact from fiction, then I see no problems with it.
Nope. As they're growing up, I want them to know that when I tell them something, it's true (to the best of my knowledge).
My 6 year old believed me that Santa is just pretend, until he came home from school last month and said that Santa really was real because his teacher said so and all the other kids thought he was real... ugh. Thanks, teacher.
The disposition of a mythical creature like Santa give kids hope not that. I agree with hope it is one of the darkest feeling when hope fails a type of remorse comes in and make you feel spite. That being said giving children a goal like waiting for Santa to bring christmas gifts is positive. Setting goals and achieving that goal is rewarding.
I don't see the harm in it. It's fun and exciting when you're young. These myths have lots of life lessons that can be carried to adulthood. When my 2 oldest children asked me if Santa was real or not, I never lied to them. I was honest and explained that Santa was not real and why it's fun to have imagination. Neither were mad or upset with me and it also answered any questions they had about the Easter bunny or tooth fairy at the same time. We still pretend because I have a 5 year old daughter who loves all that stuff. When the time comes for her to start asking questions, I'm sure she'll be more devastated that unicorns aren't real.
These childhood myths are so ubiquitous that we allowed our children to participate. Within each is a spirit of giving that helps to teach altruism. When our children expressed doubts as they grew older, we explained the meaning of unselfish giving and unconditional love behind each concert. They got it and today practice these virtues. They also figured out the god myth as well and have healthy agnostic viewpoints too.
I'll side with the dads. Though I have no kids I've had nieces and nephews and classes of them. Let their fantasies run wild...reality will slap them in their little faces soon enough.
I've taken on the guises of so many creatures and personas I really can't remember them all. From hanging napkins over my ears to be a bunny at a "who's Alice?" tea party to fully costumed acts to stir the imagination in us all...
At some time each truth is found and the myth becomes entertainment...for some of us, anyway!