Santa Claus is every kid's dream. All over the world, children share this Christmas experience: waiting for Santa to come down the chimney or enter magically with lots of gifts according to the list. Are parents supposed to keep this image? Should they tell the truth? If so, when?
In Lancaster University, Jared Piazza- lecturer in Moral psychology- addresses the pros and cons of continuing with Santa Claus Story. First things first, is the child's trust in their parents. If you lie to them about Santa, they'll question everything you say to them. Dr. Piazza explains that if children ask about Santa, tell them the truth. They will be deceived at first, but it will work out.
Research shows that encouraging the belief in Santa might cause children hard times distinguishing between reality and fantasy, not setting boundaries between the 2 worlds and inducing children into wrong doings. On the other hand, believing in Santa gives children happiness and a reason to behave better. This helps improving their behaviour and teachs them good manners!