Parents have been urged to stop pretending Father Christmas is real
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Believing in Father Christmas was a central part of most of our childhoods, with our parents going to often elaborate lengths to make us believe in the magic. But now, they are being told to give it up. Spinning stories about Santa risks undermining a child’s trust and is morally suspect, according to two experts. Psychologist Professor Christopher Boyle and social scientist Dr Kathy McKay also condemn the idea of a “terrifying” North Pole intelligence agency which judges children to be nice or naughty. Well, when you put it like that… Writing in the respected journal The Lancet Psychiatry, they argue: “If they (parents) are capable of lying about something so special and magical, can they be relied upon to continue as the guardians of wisdom and truth?” In addition, they suggest parents may not be motivated by thoughts of their children but a selfish desire to relive their own childhood. Cold. Defending the claims, Boyle, from the University of Exeter, said: “The morality of making children believe in such myths has to be questioned.
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