the right age

United States
March 10, 2007 5:50pm CST
can somebody please help me i was wondering what do you think is the right age to tell a child there is no santa easter bunny tooth fairy etc my daughter is 8 and she still believes in all of these i think she would be heart broken if i told her the truth just last week she lost a tooth and couldnt wait to put it under her pillow she even had a couple of dollars sitting next to her bed and said i better put these away i dont want the tooth fairy to think im being greedy needless to say i couldnt tell her mgerl74
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@Phlamingho (7831)
• Denmark
11 Mar 07
I don't think there's a right age, it's not something the parents should tell the cild. The cilkd will figure it out on its own when it's ready, it's different from person to person.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
11 Mar 07
there is not right age, she will figure it out herself. It is all part of growing up, I would guess somewhere between 9-11 is average. My son was really doubting at 10, then a few things happened where he believed in Santa...but he figured it out by the next Christmas. The world really want your daughter to grow up, let her stay little as young as she can.
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@cjthedog64 (1553)
• United States
11 Mar 07
I agree that you shouldn't tell her. Kids figure it out on their own around 9 or 10. The only thing you should think about doing is explaining how it's good to pretend it's real for the benefit of littler kids. Also, kids tend to wonder about the reality, before they give up believing. When she starts questioning things, you can go with the "yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause" reasoning of how it's something inside peoples' hearts, not an actual person.
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• United States
11 Mar 07
We don't play Santa or Easter Bunny due to our religious beliefs. But your daughter will probably figure it out on her own. They usually hear it from other children or just figure it out all together.
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@apowell (25)
• United States
11 Mar 07
I think it just depends on the child I was about 7 when my mom told me and I was so upset. She did not just tell me about Santa she told me about the Easter Bunny and the toothfairy I thought the world was over. But the reason she told me is because other kids would make fun of me because i believed in santa