And then ignore the "well you do know you're going to hell don't you?" Replies she sometimes gets.
God is very real for many people. Santa is only real for some children. But these are all lessons we can help kids learn from.
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04-02-2016 09:57 #41
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04-02-2016 10:01 #42
They know he not real from day dot. We say he is not real.
It has nothing to do with common courtesy. It is a important part of our faith. I am not going to give up part of our faith. Where is the courtesy towards other religions.
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04-02-2016 10:13 #46
She's not telling people that they have to believe the same things as her, just that it would be courteous to teach your children (a general your, not you directly) to just say that they don't *believe* or that this is their *belief*, rather than going around telling other children that their beliefs are lies and simply not true.
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04-02-2016 10:21 #47
Be devoutly religious, don't believe in anything, 'do' santa with your kids, don't 'do' him, I could care less. But please don't indoctrinate your kids. You consider it a lie. I consider it a white lie, the least important in a whole ream of white and big lies we will tell our kids during their lives. Tell your child you don't do or like santa, then they will say the same. Kids are parrots, so clearly this child is mimicking what is said at home.
04-02-2016 10:24 #48
TELL YOUR KIDS WE DON'T BELIEVE.
Now as I have stated it a important part of our faith that Santa isn't real. Not only our faith but millions of people around the world in many different religions don't believe Santa is real.
Being made out that you are rude to tell YOUR kids the truth.
It Is being discourteous to other religions to tell them what the have to tell their kids.
What makes Santa different from any other leader or god of any other religion.
Now as I said we have told our kids to say we don't believe to be tolerant of those that do. All I ask is that Adults how should know better have the same level of tolerance.
04-02-2016 10:30 #49
Seriously my faith is important to me. Just as Santa is to you.
Actually it the other way round in my experience. Having shop assistance yell and tell off your child because they don't believe. Yes we have had that.
Having every second person ask about what they are getting or better behave or Santa won't come. It's bombardment after bombardment.
Think of me what you want I don't give a flying fig. But don't try and get a child in trouble for speaking the truth. And yes that is what the op is was about it should I tell the teacher.
04-02-2016 10:46 #50
Is there anything so wrong with wording your beliefs/non beliefs in a way that is respectful to everyone? Changing "it's a lie/not true" to "I don't believe" isn't going to do any harm.
I'm a strong atheist (we do celebrate parts of Christmas and play along with Santa though), but I'm cautious of how I talk to my 4 year old, because I'm aware of what she will repeat and I think it would be disrespectful for her to shut other families' beliefs down, based on my own.
And your last paragraph is exactly what BRV has been saying.
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