Parenting Tips: When Should You Tell Your Kids The Truth About Santa?

With the holidays officially just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about When Should You Tell Your Kids The Truth About Santa?  We have some parenting tips to help you out! This subject can be controversial for many, but we feel it is a pretty standard holiday subject most parents will address at some point or another.

With the holidays officially just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about When Should You Tell Your Kids The Truth About Santa?  We have some parenting tips to help you out! This subject can be controversial for many, but we feel it is a pretty standard holiday subject most parents will address at some point or another.  The fact is, while we often use a pretend Santa to help make the holiday more magical – Santa does truly exist – in all of us.

Parenting Tips: When Should You tell Your Kids the Truth About Santa?

There is no perfect age or time.  Every child is different.  Your child could be 5 or 10 and still not realize that the story we often share is just pretend.  As a parent, there is no specific time to tell your kids the truth.  There is no age, no date or no maturity level that makes it perfect.  This is truly something that must be done on your child’s time frame and not your own.

When they begin to ask and seem to already know.  As your child comes to you and seems to truly begin to understand the difference between real and make believe stories, they will likely begin to question the idea that Santa really comes down a chimney each year to bring them presents.  You know your child and can gauge easily enough when the are truly beginning to understand, or just hearing rumors on the playground.  Do what feels best for your individual child in those situations.

Remember that Santa really is true and alive in each of us.  The “myth” of Santa Clause is actually based on reality.  Saint Nicholas was a wonderful example of love and generosity that we can model our own lives after.  Rather than talking about how Santa Clause isn’t real, embrace the fact that he is real and alive in each of us.  This year focus on giving to others generously just as Saint Nicholas, the first Santa Clause would have done.  This way you can always be able to say that yes, Santa Clause is real.

The age old question of when you should tell your kids the truth about Santa is something you really don’t need to worry about.  If your family shares the idea of Santa Clause, then embrace it and enjoy it for as long as you can.  Even past the time your child no longer believes in the fantasy, you can enjoy this as a family.  It’s a great way to work together to put some holiday cheer into other peoples lives too!

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9 thoughts on “Parenting Tips: When Should You Tell Your Kids The Truth About Santa?”

  1. My kids already know the truth about Santa… he brings toys to kids in need as do we. They love to see him every year as they do other characters. At our house, Christmas is a time for family and giving.

    The Kids were born in December so they get a lot of presents throughout the month and all year for that matter. They’re really lucky.

    As for me, I was around 8 when I figured it out. I remember not spoiling the secret for my little brother who would believe to this day if he thought he’d get more presents out of it 😉

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  2. My kids are still little, so we’re not worried about this yet. I’ve only known of one instance when the child did not figure it out on their own. One year when my cousin was really young, my grandpa dressed up as Santa and came in to “visit” with her. This event was so firmly in her mind that even in 5th grade she still believed even though her friends kept telling her no. Her parents finally had to just tell her. :-/

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