how many of your children believe because they want to? they know the truth but they they'd rather act they exist.
my dd falls in that category. she is VERY much into imaginative play - is into fairies and fantasy. her favourite book is fablehaven. she loves harry potter too and H.I.V.E.
you get the picture.
i have gently asked her what if they are not real i get the answer 'just because you dont 'see' them doesnt mean they dont exist.'
so do you have kids like mine?
Alas, no. Both of my kids were eager not to believe.
Ds (10), in particular, has a very skeptical mind. Once he learned the truth about Santa, he also decided that Jesus and pretty much all religion were also not true. He's an empiricist at heart. We go to church, but I don't think he really believes. It's OK, I'm an empiricist myself and have my doubts a lot.
Dd (7) is different. She has a great imagination and loves to pretend and to write imaginative stories. She spends much of her time in her own imaginative world. She's got a strong religious faith. But things that she can't control or that might do things unseen (Santa, the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny, fairies, leprechauns, etc.) terrify her. She was incredibly relieved when she figured out the truth.
My daughter does this. I never bring up any of these subjects, but she hears about Santa from her Grandma. I have always told her that Santa is not real but that Grandma likes to pretend. And now dd says that she wants to believe, too. Whatever. And the other day she told us about the tooth fairy, and dh and I asked her all these questions as though we'd never heard of this tooth fairy business, so that we could see what she believed. She's old enough to know it's not true, but if she wants to pretend, I guess I can't stop her. :)
She's is almost 6yo.
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