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Santa Claus: How and When Children Discover the Truth

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Dr. John D. Rich Jr. 2

The belief in Santa Claus – and its inevitable demise – represents a turning point for our children. It also represents a turning point in our parenting. Once they are able to see through this impossible story, they are on the road toward adolescence and adulthood. It’s time to loosen the reins, and move from direction to guidance. It’s time to begin adjusting to the eventual arrival of our empty nest. READ MORE