Results for - Magical Characters

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My son in Middle School and still seems to believe in most of the magical characters we parents encourage. I love that he still believes in the magic and contains that innonance but Im worried kids will destroy his innonance of youth If they find out he still believes.

1. At what age should children know that its their grownups playing the roles of Santa, Easter Bunny, etc?

4-6
7%
127 votes
7-9
22%
385 votes
10-12
16%
281 votes
Belief shouldn't be encouraged
10%
175 votes
Whenever they start doubting the possiblilty.
46%
805 votes
Other (please specify)
5%
81 votes

2. Do you encourage your child(ren) to believe in magical characters? Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, etc?

Yes, of course!
41%
727 votes
Yes, because my partner encoraged it.
4%
73 votes
Yes but on a small scale because holidays should be about religion
11%
202 votes
No
18%
310 votes
No way! I don't want to decieve my children
12%
205 votes
Other (please specify)
16%
290 votes

3. When your child(ren) start asking questions about the magical character are you honest with your answers?

Yes!
25%
438 votes
Kind of....
22%
392 votes
No I want them to believe for as long as possible.
15%
270 votes
N/A
39%
689 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
20 votes

4. Did they still believe in one character but know that another doesn't exhist?

My child quickly realized one of the magical characters job discription was impossible but continued to believe in another.
17%
298 votes
Once they learned the truth all magical characters ceased to exist.
29%
509 votes
N/A
54%
954 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
24 votes

5. Did your child believe you were dishonest by encouraging them to believe?

No
32%
572 votes
Yes, but didn't seem to mind
13%
238 votes
They were devasted by the lies
5%
89 votes
N/A
49%
867 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
15 votes

6. Did another child tell your child the truth before you were ready for them to know?

Yes a family member(cousin, aunt, uncle, etcc) told my child
7%
115 votes
Yes, they found out at school
21%
374 votes
Yes, an older sibiling
8%
138 votes
N/A
59%
1,035 votes
Yes but my child didn't believe them
7%
115 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
26 votes

7. If you could start over would you still encourage the belief?

Yes
41%
731 votes
No
12%
220 votes
Undecided
11%
195 votes
Not Applicable
35%
618 votes

8. After one child stopped believing did they continue to pretend for a younger sibiling?

Yes, they loved being in on the secret!
30%
524 votes
No, they told other children at the first opprunitity
8%
141 votes
Yes, but only because I required it.
6%
104 votes
N/A
57%
1,000 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
9 votes

9. Did you feel deceived when you found out the truth?

Yes! My parent(s) lied to me!
10%
181 votes
Not really...
49%
872 votes
No! Im glad my patent(s) encourage me to believe!
37%
644 votes
Other (please specify)
6%
106 votes
12/16/2015 Parenting 1764 34 Anonymous

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