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Old 08-22-2016, 09:17 AM
 
Location: detroit mi
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I made sure to tell my son before going into 6th grade. I always remembered the kids that still believed in the 6th grade would get teased for it.
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Over yonder a piece
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I'm sure my kids know (7th and 8th grade), but we've never talked about it. They know *I* don't believe in Santa though. But we still act as though they believe in Santa and are horrified that I don't.
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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I believed until almost middle school.

My children ( 2 of 3) dont know who he is, or easter bunny, or tooth fairy, etc. We dont celebrate those holidays at all.
My oldest believes in santa still at 11 and celebrates those holidays. I cant control what happens at his dads house.
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:37 AM
 
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I believed until almost middle school.

My children ( 2 of 3) dont know who he is, or easter bunny, or tooth fairy, etc. We dont celebrate those holidays at all.
My oldest believes in santa still at 11 and celebrates those holidays. I cant control what happens at his dads house.
But how is it a problem? Childhood is the only time in life people believe and experience the real magic of the holidays. Why is that wrong?
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Old 08-22-2016, 03:40 PM
 
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My kids have never asked outright.

The oldest (13) firmly states they believe in Santa.

I have always said those that don't believe get no gifts from Santa on Christmas morning.
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Old 08-22-2016, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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My kids have never asked outright.

The oldest (13) firmly states they believe in Santa.

I have always said those that don't believe get no gifts from Santa on Christmas morning.
So....you're joking, right? I need an emoticon here to help me out.
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Old 08-22-2016, 07:34 PM
 
Location: SF Bay & Diamond Head
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I had to tell one of my kids when she was little because she was so upset by the idea of some guy she didn't know and couldn't see watching her and judging her to see if she was good enough. I think she was 5 when I told her.
How do you keep her off the internet?
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Do parents generally break the bad news about the Easter Bunny at the same time?
No, my friend told me, in a very nice way, that there was no Easter Bunny. My angry older sister told me that there was no Santa...in November. My mom was so mad. She was hoping for one more year because I was the youngest child.

I really liked my Santa gift that year. It was just what I wanted! I thanked, hugged, kissed mom and dad for buying that for me.
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Old 08-23-2016, 03:11 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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We've never touted Santa as a real thing because we try to make it a very core value of our parenting not to lie to our children. It's innocent fun, but it sets a precedent we seek to avoid. That said, they still have fun with the idea and the concept of this santa guy who supposedly gives them stuff. They'll refer to gifts they got from santa. It doesn't seem to have ruined the magic.
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Old 08-23-2016, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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How do you keep her off the internet?
Seriously...I can see kids believing for longer if they have no older siblings to clue them in ...but classmates? Internet? How can kids be so naive and clueless about Santa and yet be so worldly otherwise? I think perhaps it is the PARENTS that want to continue believing and kids just want to keep getting more presents (Christmas), candy (Easter), and money (tooth fairy) so there is an unspoken "arrangement".
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