Stop Lying to Your Children About Santa — Especially if Your Motivation Is Wrong

Your good intention can backfire

Santa Clause is not real
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A week or two ago at the dinner table, we were chatting as a family and the topic went to Christmas. My younger son (who is 22 now), being a cynical old self, claimed: “Adults tell this ‘Santa is real’ lie because they want to control their children.”

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I’m an associate professor in psychology at a small university in southern New Mexico. I like playing musical instruments, basketball, and writing stories.

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Mark Chu

Mark Chu

I’m an associate professor in psychology at a small university in southern New Mexico. I like playing musical instruments, basketball, and writing stories.

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