I wish parents wouldn't do this!

United States
December 17, 2009 6:08pm CST
Now that it is almsot Christmas parents are taking their kids to see Santa. It is ok if the child knows who he is and wants to meet him. What I don't like is when the children is very young and is to young to know who Santa is and they are put on Santa lap! So many kids cry! I hate that! It also makes me loss more of my Christmas spirit,the little I have,everytime I see this! Then photo's are taken and so many children are crying! If the child isn't ready don't do it! I get so sad looking at children's photos crying while meeting Santa! Come on parents have a heart!
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12 responses
@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
18 Dec 09
I agree with you When my Daughter was 3 she wanted to sit on Santa's lap but as soon as she got on there she started to cry so I took her away from him lol she never wanted to sit on Santa's Lap again Some Children are ok with it others are not and they should not be forced to just so that Mum can have a Photo it is not worth putting the Child through it just for a Photo
• United States
28 Dec 09
You got that right! It isn't worth putting a child through something,like seeing Santa,just for a photo! It isn't right at all!
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
18 Dec 09
This is sickening to me also! I wouldn't force my dog to go see Santa. When I was 6 the kids at school told me the truth about Santa, and because I trusted my parents I wouldn't believe them. Then I went home and asked my Mom. She finally told me the truth and I was devastated, not because of there being no Santa, but because she and my father had lied to me and made me a laughing-stock at school. The whole thing just stinks, and I know that a lot of kids are very disappointed in their parents!
• United States
28 Dec 09
I totally agree! Thanks for the response!
@sherinek (3323)
• United States
18 Dec 09
I hate that too. Not only that, I think parents shouldnt push their young children to do anything that they are not ready to do. I have two kids and I never do that nor allow anybody to do such things. I think that disturbs the child mentally cos they get so scared. There are a lot of people who enjoy when kids are scared and crying. I dont know what mentality they have. Good discussion. Take care.
• United States
28 Dec 09
I also think some parents mental satis is not normal and think it is funny to see their kids get scared! I have known parents like that! Some people just don't have any heart!
@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
18 Dec 09
hi blue65packer I think its so stupid for parents to force a small child into that if the child is frightened. after all was 'the whole thing supposed to be a happy time. if the child is not happy pick him up and get away from the scary Santa Claus. same way with clowns. my son when he was little was scared of clowns and would burst into tears if someone or anyone tried to get him to watch a clown or talk to a clown. I stopped this at once even though my mom was the one who was t rying to make my son have fun, because he was not happy, he was scared out of his wits. you cannot make a child like something just because you may like it, use common sense for pete's sakes.Dont make a child miserable because you think a child should like something he does not. have a heart mom and dad.
• United States
28 Dec 09
You got that right! So many parents don't use common sense even if they wanted to! So many kids end up being miserable because the parents only care about themselves! Thanks for the response!!
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
18 Dec 09
I have to agree with this. My daughter so scared of Santa Claus for years. she would cry when we took her to see him and have her picture made with him. We did not make her do it because she cried and was scared.
• United States
28 Dec 09
You are a great parent! Thanks for the response!!
@ToughTate (143)
• United States
18 Dec 09
Parents do have the ability of pushing their children too far, simply because they think it's 'cute'. I wish parents would stop pushing their young children into things like this and let them gain the ability to speak before certain situations are cast upon them.
• United States
28 Dec 09
Parents sometimes push their childreeen to far and this is a great example! I just wish all parents would let their kids get old enough to speack before they do stuff like that! thanks for the response!
• United States
18 Dec 09
Yeah I totally agree. I think it's cute to have babies taking pictures with Santa, but only when they're not crying. If they're crying, take them back. It's not like they can do the traditional, "What would you like Santa to get you for Christmas?" thing ... they can't even talk!!
• United States
28 Dec 09
I agree! If the child is crying take them away! I also feel sorry for Santa! He either has nerves of steel or way to much patience! At least some seem to!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Dec 09
I hate when parents push their kids into things like this where they are uncomfortable instead of respecting the child's feelings. I also dislike people who force themselves on animals, for example my sister-in-law holds her cats when it is clear that the cat just wants to get away.
• United States
28 Dec 09
Thanks for the response! Parents just don't respect their kids feelings which they should! I also se people do that with their cats and small dogs,tto! i don't like that either!
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
29 Dec 09
Hi bluespacket, I agree its a terrible thing to do as who knows who could be posing as santa these days. Personally I don't see why people need to lie to their children in the first place about these things but then they try and teach them to beware of strangers then plop them down on some possibly perverts knee thinking its cute. Makes no sense to me.
• China
18 Dec 09
yes many parents never tried to tell the child what it is but just take them to meet it. that's not a good way to teach child in this way but many parents still do.what we can do to this case since that's not our own child and even can't make any suggestion to those parents.
@chookie1971 (2277)
• Australia
18 Dec 09
My children were never afraid of santa. They loved him. I always gave the children a choice. It was up to them if they wanted a photo with santa. If they didn't, I would not force them.
@tina256 (190)
• China
18 Dec 09
i think if i have child ,i will never let my kid to near by santa when he or she is too young to do so.that is also dangerous . i think we should do more care when child is young,but no surprise .they will be scared .i think what they need most is protection,isn't it ?