OPINION: Should you tell your child that Santa is real?


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Canaan Mobley, OwlFeed Opinion Reporter

Telling your child that Santa is real is made of pure stupidity, as the majority of times, they would be told that he is a real thing when the parents know it’s false information. Telling your child that Santa is real, is manipulation that could get them to believe  “ they are always being watched” or  “he will give a gift if you are good”. To be honest, it is very understandable why they would take measures like this knowing it would more likely than not, allow the child to get a better way of acting so that the parent won’t have to worry about it. But if they really just said the same thing by saying that God was watching them, or that they would get them a gift if they were good, it would likely have the same effect. Getting the gift wouldn’t be a lie, but saying God is watching over them, technically cannot be proven whether it is true or not so therefore its not technically a lie. Ever heard the term “innocent until proven guilty”? This is pretty much the equivalent of them. You cannot say that this is incorrect when it’s not proven that it’s true.  In many scenarios, people would end up telling each other that God will in fact have their backs, which would indicate that they are forever being watched by him. Otherwise, how would he know when you’re in a situation you can’t get out of on your own. It happens a lot then so what’s the difference in telling them that without the danger possibility to be present. 

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The problem with telling your child that Santa is in fact a real person that delivers presents to you when you’re good, is the fact it’s practically impossible for them to believe that forever. At one point, they are going to come across a situation where Santa cannot be involved. While after their child grows up they will understand why they did that but then it begs the question. Was this topic REALLY necessary? It has been proven through research that those kids who were lied to by their parents over Santa’s existence raises a higher likelihood that the child that was told that will lie in the future. While it is true that it follows a child’s mentality, it’s just teaching your child how to lie. The main issue, when it comes to telling your child information like this is that, because when they really develop and start learning more about the world itself, it allows the child to understand that lying, will not get you anywhere, or will result in trust issues. If they can acknowledge that their own mother could lie, it would get them the idea that anyone will lie to them. All it takes is one person more, and bang. They aren’t going to trust anyone else for a while. If they feel like they aren’t being treated honestly they will return that favor.

There are some benefits to it as they allow their children to be better at nature as they were raised around words that can give them confidence. But children follow in their parents footsteps, so if they end up lying to them, that just means they will start to develop that habit themselves. Here’s another thing. The children end up sending letters. But to whom? If Santa isn’t real and they send letters to him, where are they actually going, cause it’s obvious it can’t go to Santa if he doesn’t exist? When they realized it, they basically gave some random person their name without knowing how trustworthy he actually is.