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Pants on Fire

The Tooth Fairy (or Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus . . .): a fun and harmless fiction, or a pointless justification for lying to children?

Lying or Not

I grew not knowing about Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy but I knew Santa Claus however I learnt about all through cartoons and fairy tales. My version of tooth fairy that I knew growing up was to throw the tooth on a high place so it grows back.

I am going to go Humpty Dumpty on this and say I agree with both and I have my justification for it.

It’s a fun and harmless fiction because it helps kids deal with things that are seen as too old for them or might rub then of a fun childhood. Children should be well equipped with life but fantasies like this preserves their innocence much longer.

It is a pointless justification because it robs the actions of their essence: tooth fairy, the child focuses on money; easter bunny, chocolates; santa claus, gifts they wish for. Children need to be well equipped to deal with like and shielding them like this does no good.

Have I confused you? You’re not alone

Would I perpetuate this to my kids? No but I wouldn’t discourage it either

I love fairy tales and cartoons. Even though I know they are unreal or impossible and I point it out everytime.

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