Shut Up About Santa Claus
I get so mad at people who teach their children to believe in Santa Claus. Or the Easter Bunny. Or the Tooth Fairy, for that matter. Seriously, it pisses me off beyond belief.
Why, you ask? It’s very simple, really: because it teaches your kids that it’s OK to tell lies. You know you’re lying through your teeth when you tell your kids Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, etc. are real. There’s just no way around that fact. The fact of the matter is that they don’t exist, so telling someone they do exist is a lie. Period, end of story, do not pass go, do not collect $200. If anyone has any justification as to why it’s not a boldfaced lie, please entertain me in the comments section. I’d love to see you try to justify the unjustifiable.
Seriously, what’s going to happen when your kids find out? Why should they trust you to be honest with them once they know they’ve been lied to pretty much all their lives? How hurt are they going to be when they finally do figure out? I know I was really hurt when I figured it out.
Another reason it makes me mad is that it’s a form of mind control. I’m all for appropriate discipline and whatever, but using mind control to get your kids to behave is inexcusable. There’s nothing wrong with a good old fashioned butt busting when needed, USE IT. You don’t need to dupe your kids into believing some fictitious being is watching them and will give them nothing but a lump of coal for Christ-my-ass to get them to behave. Hmmm, sounds kind of like religion, doesn’t it? “Oh, believe in this or you’ll go to hell for eternity.” Yeah, my ass. I basically reasoned out that god/gods didn’t exist at the same time I figured out that Santa Claus didn’t exist. Hey, it was the most logical conclusion.
Now, what I *AM* OK with is playing these games with your kids as long as you make it known up-front that it’s all pretend. Yeah, you know they aren’t real, but it’s always fun to pretend and use your imagination, right? That’s perfectly cool with me. That way you’re not outright lying to your children, but it’s still fun for them.
Nonetheless, the bottom line is that telling your kids these fictional beings is real is nothing short of a lie, and you’re teaching your kids it’s OK to lie. Quit it.