Is There a Santa Claus?
December To-Do List
This time of year, the struggle between innocence and honesty may hinge around the question "Is there a Santa Claus?"
Your charge looks at you with a wondering gaze and a quizzical brow and asks a question. You answer and the face of the child comes alive with the joy of insight and knowledge. It is great for the child to discover understanding the world around them and for you to impart that knowledge.
Sometimes knowledge of the world can be infuriating and perplexing or even tragic. Previously, we have discussed in this blog how to give your child the tools to thwart abuse, whether sexual, physical, or verbal. We would all love to place all kids in a protective cocoon to shield them from all harm. But the best we can do is to inform them of dangers in an age-appropriate way.
So, when your charges ask you "Is there a Santa Claus?" be sure to answer, "Yes, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist."
Our to-do for December: Let children enjoy their childhood and revel in their innocence. At the same time, enjoy their innocence and their joy in discovery.