Following Fox News anchor Robin Robinson's declaration on the evening news that Santa isn't real, I read a lot of blogs and magazine articles expressing diabolically polar views on whether or not we should allow our children to believe in Santa. As the mother of a three-year old and two-year old, this story was especially interesting to me. I am pleased to say that the discussions have not changed my current practice. Here's why.
- In 2011, I remember crying on numerous occassions while watching news reports of children comitting suicide as a result of bullying.
- I sympathized with military families who lost loved ones in far away lands.
- My family happily gave money and time, even when it was difficult to do so, in order to help hundreds of thousands of people affected by natural disasters, poverty, etc.
- My husband and I get chills when we read the stats about teen pregnancy, drug abuse and crime, and think about the best course of action to protect our children from these social ills.
- Amidst this worldwide recession, I am grateful that husband's job is secure and my family can still afford to live in our home, even while three houses on our street are in foreclosure