My grade one dd just announced at a family party on the weekend that she no longer believed...she said all the kids at school don't either (montessori grade 1-3 class).
We were shocked to say the least. At first I never wanted to lie about it and thought it was something I wouldn't do, but then the magical part of my memories created a desire to go along with it and she has been pretty into it for the past few years....but now what?
We talked to her about the magic of believing in faeries and other forest creatures and how she was so lucky to believe in these things because it allowed her to see them when there were so many others out there that cannot. We said that santa is just like those creatures...but we didn't go much further, the family (extended) made it totally akward and I was cringing all evening and eyeballing anyone who kept bringing it up. We left it alone today and I have no idea if we should just let it go entirely and see what she says in the future or talk about it more?
Grade 4 seemed about when I expected, but grade 1? 6 years old seems just too young?