I'm one of the biggest Santa loving Christmas people you will meet but in no way would overhearing OP,s DS singing bother me or make me fearful my sons childhood is ruined ?
The only time I would ever approach another mother about her child's behaviour is if it was gong to do something dangerous or going to physically harm them or someone else - sometimes you overhear things you don't like but that's not my place to tell people how to parent their children
Do those who think every citizen should keep up a charade they don't believe in also shield their children from Muslim/Jewish celebrations and synagogues/ mosques because they don't fit into the way you raise your children? I doubt it
Thought I would point out that the question of the thread is probably what has caused this to descend into chaos. Asking if your child was being rude may not have been the right approach if you fundamentally believe (and for good reason) that he wasn't doing anything wrong.
For what it's worth... and this may be going terribly off topic, but it's been mentioned before... we are Christians and we are obviously aware that not everyone shares our beliefs. We know there will be times when our children are told things such as 'God isn't real' etc.
If you believe something to be true though, it doesn't really matter what other people think iykwim?
On the other hand we have taught our children to be respectful of people that believe differently to us, and sometimes it's best to not say anything at all.
I will never silence them from talking to one another about God, even if we are in public and people might overhear them.
I have no idea if that makes any sense whatsoever!! I guess what we are trying to teach our children is respect and discretion. They have the respect pretty down pat, but the discretion is obviously harder to learn. Heck, even us adults have trouble with it at times.
I love how people jump up and down at the thought of Halloween and Americanism coming to Australia but then are fine with a Coca Cola commercial representing Christmas. I am truly baffled.
Don't worry anewme - your son did nothing more than speak the absolute truth. There is nothing to be ashamed of, he did nothing wrong.
So it's ok to pretend and keep up the charade about santa in public and literally be saturated by the "story" everywhere you turn, but it isn't ok to speak the truth about him? I don't know, I love Christmas and Santa and decorations and carols as much as the next person - but it is the double standards that are annoying me about this.
I think this may be the first time I've ever disagreed with you and Del, it was bound to happen at some stage - I'm glad its only about santa
beebs! But yeah, we do
I'm glad we aren't really falling out over Santa though. It would make him very sad
Don't worry, I am a Christmas nut, I love the whole thing. Picking out the tree, ,decorating, getting the kids to write santa notes. But my parents told me early, really early that Santa in the form we know him doesn't exist (very against American consumerism they were). And it didn't dampen my love for Christmas at all. I love it and I love the story of Saint Nick, which I tell my kids about (although they still believe in the "real" santa at this point). I wouldn't be upset if they didn't though, or if they overheard someone saying it wasn't true ya know?
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