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Recently she moved house and her children have changed schools. She is currently on her 'best behaviour', trying to fit in with the new school crowd. You know how it is.
Anyway, she received a group email from another Grade 1 school Mum which went something along the lines of:
I don't want to name names or anything but there is a child in class who is telling all the other kids that Santa is not real. I really want this to stop because it is distressing my child.
WTF!?! Can you believe this meddling Mum?
Kids have been finding out about Santa and pretending not to know for ever haven't they? And parents have been pretending not to know that their kids are pretending so that everyone can continue to enjoy the Christmas gift giving experience.
I've said it before but I will say it again. Gen X are turning out to be crappy parents. Kids need disappointment, failure and other negative experiences so they can grow and develop resilience. Why do we feel the need to wrap our children in cotton wool?
My friend was worried that it was her child who was doing the myth busting. She asked me how I would respond to the email.
'Honestly', I said. 'I'd delete it. Let Princess Control Freak deal with her own issues'.
How would you respond to an email like this?