We never really did the Santa Claus thing, but we made sure everyone got lots of presents. Regardless. One mother’s struggle to observe some of the cultural expressions of Christmas without yielding to its anti-gospel narrative of performance rewards. A taste: My six-year-old asked my nine-year-old this question in the backseat of my car recently, …
A basic rule of parenting: No one wants to play with it, until someone wants to play with it; then everyone wants to play with it, but not together. To illustrate:
I heard a scrap of a conversation about the fine practice of not lying to your children yesterday. It requires a bit more finesse than this.
So little time, so much guilt.