Warning: Stop reading if young eyes are reading over your shoulder.
We all want the best for our kids. There are definitely different schools of thought on the magic of childhood. Do you tell your kids the 100% straightforward facts or embellish to create some childhood magic, wonder and possibly coerce them into good behavior?
When it comes to science, I tell my kids the facts. We call our body parts anatomically correct names. When it comes to white lies, I am 100% guilty. We talk about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. It’s fun for them and I have many fond memories from my own childhood of believing in the magic and fun. Still, I work hard to find a healthy balance between dreamland and the real world.
So, where do I draw the line? We talk about the fun of Santa AND the fact that I buy gifts. We have an Elf on the Shelf reporting behavior, but he’s well-behaved. Our Chippy doesn’t create a mess and mischief throughout the house. He just keeps an eye on how things are going. We say hi to him and give him updates on what we were up to while we were out of the house. My kids love searching for him each morning, but I am not going to create a part-time job out of planning his next perfect scene. If you are, more power to you!
The Easter Bunny gets talked about, but he’s not as well-received in our house. I mean, a giant bunny is a little much, right? We keep it simple and eat candy.
My kids are too young for the Tooth Fairy, but my daughter has been talking about the Tooth Fairy a lot lately. So much so, in fact, that we’ve had talks about NOT trying to pull our teeth out of our mouths. We need to wait until they fall out on their own or the Tooth Fairy won’t come.
We have some light sleepers in my house. Because of this, I have no idea HOW the Tooth Fairy will ever sneak in to collect a tooth and leave a reward. She is going to need to basically be a Ninja Tooth Fairy. Luckily, I found a great alternative. This Tooth Fairy pillow can HANG on the doorknob. Genius! Has this been a thing that I just never heard about? Either way, I will definitely be getting one of these when the time comes. We need to help the Tooth Fairy out in any way we can, am I right?
To me, keeping a bit of magic in childhood is all about making memories and doing fun things together. I’m ok with not getting credit for everything. These moments are just as fun for me as they are for my children.