I think there's a difference between saying I don't think god exists. I don't think santa exists and saying santa isn't real, or god isn't real. When you deal in absolutes, there leaves no room to accept and respect difference. Also, children in primary school are very literal. As adults we understand the concept of opinion vs fact. Many kids don't. When a child hears "santa isn't real", they probably aren't going to consider the notion of differing viewpoints, that it could be just an opinion. They hear santa isn't real and they take that on face value.
I'm not sure I've explained that well enough for it to make sense lol
I don't want make a big "thing", but I am a little surprised that so many of you think that it's fine to ask a stranger to tell her child not to say something in public just because they don't agree or have the same belief? I get that another child within earshot could possibly overhear, but that's life- it's diverse, people have different opinions and I don't think we really have the right to ask someone to censor themselves to cater to the public.
I think that kids at school would go around saying stuff like "Santa is fake" all the time. And you can't control that...
If my child overheard another in public singing about Santa not being real and my child was upset by that, I would simply explain that that was just their opinion, that some people don't believe in certain things etc...
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