Tuesday, December 2, 2008
That is the age old question that plagues some parents. Do we make our children believe in Santa only to have to tell them later on in life that we lied? That the Jolly Old Fat Man doesn't really exist?
Do we tell them he does exist just to watch the child-like wonder in their eyes? How we love the innocence in their questions and the happiness in their voices. The excitement that one man is going to leave them presents, a magical type elf who travels all over in just one night. Oh the suspense of it all!
Being a parent is tough. No doubt about it. You will always have people questioning your parenting techniques. How this works for us, or how you shouldn't do that or this.
Vaccinate, don't vaccinate, delay vaccinations. Breastfeed, pump, formula feed, attachment parenting, co-sleeping, spanking and religious upbringing. It's all up for debate among parents of the world.
I've found that I'm going to do the best I can do, and hopefully, my boys will be the best they can be and have a happy life.
So..we are going to tell them about Santa. And when they get older, we'll tell them that the spirit of Santa is alive and well and even though he might not bring you all your presents anymore, he's still out there.
My take on all that other parenting stuff? Do what is right for your family, because it really makes no difference for mine. We all do things different and instead of constantly being at each other's throats, parents (especially!!) need to back each other up. Free will is a wonderful thing.