What up people, I'm back with another one in DW's corner. The holidays are quickly approaching and I wanted to talk about Santa. Yea son, Santa. I know you're reading this going, "wtf?" Chill, I got you. Just keep reading.
Some of us are parents, others aren't. And I want to know if you find it a good idea to tell your child or some kid (for those who don't have one of their own) that Santa exist? Because, to me you're just lying to them. I'm a realist so, I keep it 100 with the kid.
Telling stories about Santa risks undermining a child’s trust and is morally suspect, according to two experts of course. Psychology professor Christopher Fucking Boyle and social scientist Dr Kathy Fucking McKay who also condemn the idea of a “terrifying” North Pole intelligence agency which judges children to be nice or naughty.
My thing is if parents or adults in general are capable of lying about something so special and magical, can they be relied on to continue as the guardians of wisdom and truth?
Defending the claims of Prof Fucking Boyle, from the University of Exeter, said: (And I quote) “The morality of making children believe in such myths has to be questioned. All children will eventually find out they’ve been consistently lied to for years, and this might make them wonder what other lies they’ve been told." #FACTS
Whether it’s right or wrong to make children believe in Father Christmas is an interesting question, and it’s also interesting to ask whether lying in this way will affect children in ways that haven't even been considered.
Dr McKay, from the University of New England in Australia, said there was clear evidence from film and television tastes that adults looked for a chance to be children again.
Children must all find out eventually that their parent carried on a lie for a number of years. Children may find out from a third party, or through their parents getting bored of the make-believe. Either way, both might affect the trust that exists between child and parent or child and God parent/friend.
If adults have been lying about Santa, even though it has usually been well intentioned, what else is a lie? If Santa isn’t real, are fairies real? Is magic? Is God? That's what a child who is old enough ask.
You don't have to take my word for it. I'm just throwing my insight with a bit of #FACTS. End of the day, you're going to do what you want. As I'm getting ready to sign out, I want to take the time to wish everyone a happy holiday and to be safe out there. Merry Christmas to all. And Santa ain't real. #FOH
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