When do we reveal the truth about the Easter Bunny and Santa?

Rebecca - posted on 04/03/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Today is Easter Sunday and it is the first time my son has not been excited by the Easter Bunny. When he got up he actually said "I don't know who did this" to my carefully planned chocolate egg surprises! I spent some time convincing him it wasn't me! I am devastated even though I knew it had to happen- what have other mums said or done when faced with this dilemma?

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We don't, it just happens. Yes, Virginia. There is a Santa Claus.
I'll admit the Easter bunny is a tough one, but at the end of the day, we eat chocolate. That's what my mom said. It worked for me!

Jennifer - posted on 04/10/2010

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Being a Christian, I started hating lying to my child very early. I did it to begin with because it was expected. (everyone else did it) But by the time she was about 3 years old, I hated myself for the lies. So, I waited till July when it was far away from any of the holidays I had been lying about and I took my daughter out to eat at her favorite restaurant. I told her then that I was sorry I had lied to her and I told her the truth. I also explained that there would still be just as many gifts on Christmas and just as many goodies on Easter. I also told her that I did it because other people did it and now I know it is wrong. I told her that I always wanted her to be able to trust me and that is why I am being truthful now. ( I never want her to question if God is real because I lied about these other characters that she can't see) To this day she trusts me and has no psychological damage from being told the truth.

Gladys - posted on 04/10/2010

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be happy! you don't have to worry about your son! he's growing up! he'll get over it cos, he just knows that there is not an easter bunny or santa!...his brain is developping !...so nothing's scaring!....

Marianne - posted on 04/08/2010

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At the age of 8 or so, your child's brain will develop to the point where they will start to understand that it is not possible for Santa and the Easter Bunny to exist. They may come to you with the realization or keep the new found understanding a secret from you. Have fun with it while you can and don't worry about the idea that you are not being truthful to your child. Most children never feel that you "kept something" from them and handle "finding out" just fine.

Liz - posted on 04/08/2010

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HI, I was the same this year even though my two eldest knew the truth but carried it on so they could still have fun, My youngest boy who is eight came up and said mum why do you go and buy easter eggs for us when it costs so much i no thats its you trying to be easter bunny, I didnt no what to say but i did convince him it wasnt me until his dad let it out and said oh well i guess you no now so i guess thatl save money for us, My son replied no way i was joking i still beleive in easter bunny so i get my eggs still. I didnt no weather to laugh or cry, kids they come out with funy things

Mary - posted on 04/05/2010

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I was always so worried about this, but I have avoided it by giving vague answers. I also take the route that, if you don't believe he won't leave you anything. My oldest is 11 and knows that its me. However, when it comes up I give him this little bit of advice and warn him not to ruin it for his 6-year old brother.

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