Is it bad to make your child believe in Saint or Santa Claus?

Sinterklaas and Santa Claus, both a children’s friend who presents gifts for kids who were BRAAF last year.Age-old tradition or marketing tool of Coca-Cola, no matter, children look forward to it every year.


Yet there comes a day where the truth comes up, every child comes behind that * Spoiler * The countries does not exist.

It was Papa/mama/Grandpa/Granny/uncles/aunts who cared for the presents every year. It is therefore suddenly clear why we got carrots-stew so often during Sinterklaas.

One concern is that children no longer know the difference between what is real and fake.In reality, this is a huge part. We See that children soon have what is and is not possible (a cow with two heads and wings does not become EM). More trouble they have with emotional galvanisms (like a scary monster in the dark). Sinterklaas or not, this period has every child.

Sinterklaas (and other religious entities) are an exception.

This is due to the surroundings. Children look very good on big people… what do they believe? Sinterklaas is a collective lie, we all love it nicely and the TV is nice. There is no reason for children to doubt. Until they get older and collect more counter-evidence, then the questions come.

However, there is nothing harmful to faith.It is normal for children to have an imaginary boyfriend, just like doing it-as if playing. Here they grow naturally, so enjoy it as long as it can. It may even be good for them to have a strong imagination. Don’t we want adults to think more out-of-the-box?


But Toch芒… a years-long lie!A shame? Well it does. There is a little fear that the realization undermines the trust of children, parents just lie. It is usually around a year or seven that the faith in Sinterklaas/Santa Claus will show cracks. Children are getting more and more logic, magical thinking is taking off, and they are doubting assumptions.

How can Sinterklaas come anywhere?

How is that horse on the roof? How does Santa Claus fit through the clean stone? How does it come to our homes if we don’t even have a chimney?

Often it is not a sudden blow, but a way of realization.It is a puzzle that they solve, an early exercise in critical thinking. It is not really a lie but more that they have been fooled. The confidence in paps and mams remains intact, especially after a small conversation in which the necessary explanation (plus gifts make a lot of good). If there are younger brothers/sisters/cousins, they can even get involved in the secret, very exciting and fun!


Sinterklaas is no different than the talking doggies at Paw Patrol, a little magical thinking is good for development.Around seven years this will become less. They learn about the world (what can and cannot do) and hear conflicting information. You notice when this moment comes, she lets it out-puzzling and when they are almost there you can have that conversation with them.

Magical thinking is also not entirely gone.I myself look for the so many time scary videos and then it is a bit uncomfortable to go to bed in the dark.

A little magic is good for a child, it is even good for an adult.I am very happy that I have cousins who I can give a magical world.

I endorse Fabian van den Berg’s answer.

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I was a weird kid.Even when I was 9, I tried to reconcile the unlikely claims of adults with what I knew about reality. I assumed that my parents wouldn’t lie. And I also thought that parents and educators would not do deliberate deception.

We had a real coal hearth at home.It was stuck to the chimney, so there could be no Sinterklaas or black Piet through it. Moreover, that would be far too hot. It was, of course, a miracle that an old man could ride on a horse over the ridge of roofs and then thirty meters through the air to the next block of houses. I never saw it, that giant leap of Sinterklaas. But yes, we were Catholic and Sinterklaas was a saint who had done miracles and could do it again.

Now, of course, there were also boys at school who claimed that Sinterklaas did not exist.But that didn’t impress me. Know such a young lot. Adults would know it better.

Was it bad to find out that my parents had deceived me?For me though. Although I understood that they had not done that from sinister motives there was also a deep and religious disappointment. Until then, I believed that there was a just higher power that, irrespective of the income and wealth position of parents, children who were honest and well-rewarded and naughty children did not. That was a reassuring thought and in keeping with the central assertions of my (Catholic) belief. Now I am so atheist and the basis for this is then laid.

Furthermore, I was really disappointed that my parents had found it necessary or OK to mirror me as a gullible sucker who had cost me a great deal of thought to conceive a possible explanation.That is one of the main reasons why I now have a first thought with every claim made by media and dignitaries: 芒 鈧?虄Is that true and what evidence are there for that assertion? 芒 鈧劉 not a bad attitude of life in itself.

Santa Claus is an unfriendly but entertaining fairy tale of Anglo-Saxon origin and a nice picture brought to you by Rien Poortvliet.You know, from the gnome.

No and yes, you will not escape.However, it is better to make them critical of facts and ideas. So they will soon realise that it is not right.

I would personally not so very much let them 芒 鈧?虄鈩? but leave it in the middle, as long as they really need it is not bad.

My children came to the conclusion (oldest when she was 7) that someone cannot be about 200 years old and that since we don’t have a chimney that didn’t beat either.My youngest (at that time 5) said: Well and, I just really believe in it, because I want to have presents. When they got through that the presents were there anyway and a year later we made a tradition of buying gifts together, they no longer made them.

I never said: Yes, Sinterklaas exists.I always said: Do you think it is real? (not given that it is not so, but the door is put ajar and their curiosity stimulated).

I indeed want them to be confident.I have also said that, I have never wanted to lie to you, so I am glad that you are so wise that you know and we can make a nice party.

My main concern is that it emotionally let a child hang in the idea that it is true, also the lack of consciousness (in an important period of their life, between 4 and 9) of what is real and fake is watered down.This ensures that in due time 芒 鈧?虄belie芒 鈧劉 in other things also becomes easier. Faith in Gods and spirits is easier, because there is also work with fear (ROE/verdoeming) and reward (lekkers/heavens) to form a dependency blackmail or 芒 鈧?虄Stockholm Syndrome芒 鈧劉.

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