Should You Tell Older Kids About Santa? We Say Yes, and Maybe No (via Washington Post)




On Parenting at the Washington Post (with Robyn Passante) — How old is too old to believe? Five? Eight? Twelve years old?

We posed this question to two writers with children in varying stages of the Santa game: Robyn’s sons are 8 and 6, and Jeff’s are 11 and 4. Two summers ago, Jeff’s oldest discovered the truth about Santa (from a cartoon tiger, long story), only to spend the next 18 months… well, you’ll see. Here’s their take on how — and when — to tell the secret of Santa.

Jeff: So here’s what I’m facing: My sixth-grader will be 12 in February. He’s known about Santa for like a year and a half. (He read it in “Calvin and Hobbes,” which I’m a little heartbroken about.)

Robyn: Uh, my third-grader is obsessed with Calvin. And spends hours reading the strips to my 6-year-old. THIS IS NOT GOOD NEWS.

Jeff: We were leaving a short weekend at the Disney water parks. I’m packing the car in the parking lot, buckling the 2-year-old in his car seat, and the older asks, tremulously, “So, um, Santa is you guys, right?” Santa and leaving Disney in the same night — we like to package our traumatic kid events when possible.

Robyn: What did you say?


Read the full conversation over at On Parenting at the Washington Post.





About Jeff Vrabel

My writing has appeared in GQ, Men’s Health, Success, the Washington Post, the official, Indianapolis Monthly, Billboard, Modern Bride and more. View all posts by Jeff Vrabel

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