<blockquote><b>Quoting momento mori:</b>" When it comes to lying to your kids, would you tell your child if the dog died? Say to a 3 year old? ... [snip!] ... if he thinks he's real or not. We live in Russia and here nobody thinks Santa is real, it's just something people dress up as."</blockquote>
Yes. Our family dog died when she was 3 and she knows. She still talks about it. I'm very real about death. She's been to 3 funerals and she's 5.
I think it's pretty much IMPOSSIBLE for children in 2013 to fully wholeheartedly believe in santa or the easter bunny- I mean, haven't they ever seen TV? Or the internet? LOL We do the santa/easter bunny thing here- BUT we also dress up all the time too. It's a normal thing around here to dress up as a member of KISS or whatever- for no reason at all- because it's a way we spend time together and it's fun. DD is only 4, but she knows ALL about character and mascot costuming, so she can tell in a way that Santa or the easter bunny is nothing but a person all dressed up. I will teach her not to ruin it for any kids who MAY actually believe.
I mean, we have some Disney mascot costumes, and DD had Minnie and Mickey at her birthday party- and me dressed up as Snow White- does that mean she believed I was REALLY Snow White, and Minnie and Mickey were real? No. She knew my boyfriend was in one, and a friend was in the other- and she thought it was awesome- and had a blast. It's all in good fun around here, it's like halloween 24/7 LOL :lol:
Quoting momento mori:" When it comes to lying to your kids, would you tell your child if the dog died? Say to a 3 year old? ... [snip!] ... if he thinks he's real or not. We live in Russia and here nobody thinks Santa is real, it's just something people dress up as."
My daughter just turned 4 and she knows what death is- or at least gets the concept. Having a fish tank is a good way of explaining it from an early age- for us it is anyways. When a fish passes away, we talk about it, and she understands. I don't think it's a bad thing for a child to learn about the stages of life from an early age.
we love santa and the easter bunny.. and the tooth fairy and all of those.
i never thought my parents were lying to me... (til they started making me play santa for my lil sisters.. lol)
but i loved it. and still love the idea. i am starting to introduce the religious aspects of it, we are not completely religious but i would like my daughter to choose for herself on that end.
its imagination. its fun. and its just been a tradition in my family.
Quoting *Mama de Nathan*:" I grew up believing in Santa and tooth fairy not the easter bunny though, but Iddidn't grow up hating my parents for it lol. I honestly can't wait till DS is older so we can do Elf on a shelf."
omgoodness DD loves hers!!
its wayyyy after christmas and she draws her elf pictures and talks about her constantly. i was so happy i started that last year.