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How to Approach the “Santa May Not Be Real” Stage with Your Child

December 12, 2015

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Christmas can be a wonderful time of year when your children are little! Then they hit that age when they start questioning whether Santa is real or not. This can be an awkward time for the both of you! As much as you do not want the magic to end for them, this can open a whole different opportunity in the way you celebrate Christmas!

One of the best things to do as a parent is to remind your child what Christmas is really about. There can still be a Santa for them as long as they have love in their heart for all those around them. Remind them that Santa is not only for the young, but also the old. For the older people, he is not a person, but is instead a feeling deep in their heart. He stands for the love that people feel for each other – he stands for the magic that is in the air at Christmas!

Also remind them that Santa represents everything that they should strive to be. He represents traits such as love, happiness, unselfishness and above all, the desire to share all of these things with the people that surround him. Most importantly, let your children know that Santa is not just present at Christmas time, but rather something that can be kept in their heart year round.

One of the best ways to convey this idea with your child is to write them a Christmas letter that explains all of this. The letter is a great way to put down your feelings of the importance of Christmas and the meaning behind Santa. The letter will be something that your child will cherish. It might even become a source of comfort to them when they are older.

Once the secret is out start getting them involved in community things where they can be Santa for a needy family. Also, let them be a part of playing Santa in with the family. This will help to strengthen the idea of the true meaning of Christmas with them and they will begin to see how Santa really works.

And even though a child may not believe in Santa anymore, there is nothing wrong with still keeping his spirit alive. Still give them a present from “Santa” and when they look at you, deny that you had anything to do with it. They may know better, but it will still keep the magic of Santa from completely leaving!

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6 Reasons A Kid’s Active Imagination Is Important For The Holiday Season

December 5, 2015

As Christmas time approaches, spend some time thinking about how you can help vitalize your kid’s imagination. In a world where kids are often faced with stark reality, helping their imagination run wild with Santa remains healthy and important. Christmas is one time a year where all the magic that existed in our own childhoods is allowed to come back to life – shining, bright and new! Helping foster your kids’ ability to see the magical world around them is one of the best gifts you can give. Below are some of the best reasons to help your child believe in Santa and everything the holiday season has to share each year.

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1. Imagination Allows Your Kids to Create & Be Creative

Many of the world’s most influential individuals are people who had a dream and made it a reality. Allowing your child the freedom to express themselves through imagination allows their brain to continue developing. Leaving room for flights of fancy helps set your child up to be a creative thinker who can visualize solutions for the rest of their life.

2. A Child’s Imagination is a Natural Part of Growing Up

Almost everyone can remember the time of playing pretend. Pillow forts, talking to stuffed animals and games outside as crazy as you could think of were the part of every kid’s day when we were all locked outdoors by our parents. Children need an outlet for their brains. Whether it’s Santa at Christmas or the Tooth Fairy when that first piece of ivory falls out, allowing children the freedom to imagine is a healthy and natural part of life.

3. Imagination Helps Healthy Brain Development

It is important to allow both halves of your kid’s brain to develop. While structured learning experiences are important to creating a thinking adult, leaving time for your kid’s imagination to run wild is equally important. Without the creative portion of our brain receiving stimulation the logical half suffers as well.

4. Imagination Creates Active Thinkers

The continued growth of passive participation in many children’s activities has a negative effect on your kid’s ability to think. Being spoon fed is well and good sometimes, but other times we need to create our own thoughts and solutions to actively live in the world around us. Making sure your kid is spending time playing on their own ensures they aren’t blank slates absorbing the latest programming.

5. Learning is Imaginative

Whether you’re learning about the history of ancient China or reading a book written decades ago, your imagination allows the pieces of our history to come alive. Most of our learning involves imagination. From theory to practice, there is a lot of mental creation involved. Helping make sure your child has an active thought process will set them up for success in whatever arena of life they choose to pursue.

6. Screens are Creating Cranky, Disinterested and Lazy Kids

Worries continue growing about the effect the massive amount of screen time many children are exposed to daily. Using digital devices as babysitters has become almost a norm. While we all watch the effects these devices have on our smallest members of society, the results seem too disturbing for many. Children who are prone to fly into rages or seem disinterested in the world around them are more common than most like to admit. Help make sure your child is able to cope with the reality surrounding them by promoting healthy play – free from electronics.

Conclusion

Today, it is more important than ever for young children to spend time exercising their imagination. In a society that continues being rapidly taken over by iPads, smart phones, social media and ever more realistic video games, leaving time for your little ones to flex their brain muscles is still universally recommended by child development professionals. Allowing your kid’s natural creativity to grow and explore the world around them is an important step in developing their reasoning, logic and problem solving. While your kids may complain of boredom sometimes, it is important to leave their brains room to create on their own, outside of the endless wave of digital stimulation. Whether it’s getting excited about writing that letter to Santa or searching for the eggs left behind by the Easter Bunny, it is important to allow a child’s imagination to grow with their body. You may be amazed what they come up with!

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