Fictional Lies to Children: Good or Bad?

594 Words3 Pages
I believe that lying to a child about fictional characters, such as: Santa, Easter Bunny, tooth fairy, etc., makes the child enjoy the holiday/event more than if there wasn’t something to believe in. The lies produced by the parents of these children can be confusing and hurtful to the children, but it may also bring out the magic in the holidays. So, how do we know what can happen when we tell these “Little White Lies” to the children we raise?
Knowing the “Santa” story can maintain a child’s innocence. Allowing them the fantasy of these stories will stimulate their imagination. Imagination is the center of any child’s soul. Maintaining the soul is hard, so in one instance lying about what’s real and what’s not is in the child’s hands allowing them the freedom of soul to take it, believe it, and run with it. Each child is different and can react to discovering the truth differently. One reaction may be losing trust in the parents or feeling betrayed, and the other may be the excitement to finally be “in the loop.”
I will talk about the positive effects of spreading the story of fictional characters first. Imagination, as stated above can be stimulated while maintaining the pretend world of the fictional characters. Each child can make up different stories while keeping the information that was given to them. A great thing is the child can believe what they want to believe. So, even if the parents decide to tell their kids about the Easter Bunny or the Sand Man, it is all up to the child whether or not it is real.
It can even be a life lesson for them. They need to learn from someone they know and love that the world isn’t just Rainbows and Butterflies, it is about not everybody being truthful. It’s a loving way of saying, “...

... middle of paper ...

...ze the child, so the parents tell the kid that the tooth fairy will come and replace it with something that will console them so they don’t fear the loss of the tooth instead they welcome it with open arms. Things can really scare them. Coming up with the tooth fairy story to relieve the kids of their fears is one of the lies that is probably the best idea.

Works Cited

http://www.debate.org/opinions/shouldnt-it-be-considered-unethical-for-parents-to-lie-to-their-children-about-fictional-characters-like-santa-clause-the-easter-bunny-and-the-tooth-fairy http://www.boston.com/community/moms/blogs/child_caring/2009/09/do_you_lie_to_your_kids.html http://www.naturalchild.org/jan_hunt/santa.html http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/12/05/santa-claus-innocent-fantasy-or-harmful-lie-2/ http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052748703344704574610002061841322
Open Document