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Magic of the holidays: why believing in Santa Claus is good for children
A man that pretty in the flesh, dressed in red and with a white beard framing a face that was. It is a portrait that we all know well: that of Santa Claus, who on the eve climbs aboard his sleigh pulled by flying reindeer to bring gifts to children all over the world. A lie – as we have discovered all growing – but told for a good purpose. And in fact, belief in Santa Claus helps children in their growth and to develop creativity, use imagination, and to find security and self-esteem. To tell us, is Elena a Snack, an expert in pedagogy, child of the canadian University of Guelph-Humber. The border between reality and fantasy “to Believe in something without seeing it requires creativity and encourage children to use their imagination,” says Snack. “Creativity is a form of expression and it is important that both stimulated and trained during childhood to develop emotional health”. Through the imagination – continues the expert – the children's train capacity, emotional and psychological that helps them to make sense of their world. “The imagination and the game will push them to reinforce their capacities of reasoning, deal with hypothetical situations, learn how to solve problems and develop social skills, such as empathy and respect for the feelings of others,” says Snack. Believe in Santa Claus, in addition, fuels feelings of empathy, sharing and joy. “His story reminds children that it is important to express feelings of kindness, compassion and generosity,” explains the expert. “And teaches that giving brings joy to both the recipient and to the giver”.

Read - Play is a serious matter, the rules to grow up having fun the importance of The traditions Continue to tell the story of Santa Claus and write together the famous “letters” are important elements in the growth path of a child. The traditions, in fact, help to strengthen family bonds, nurture the sense of belonging and create a great wealth of positive memories. “All of which are essential for the proper development of emotional, social and cognitive,” says Snack. But even more important, family traditions tell the children the story of who they are and where they come from. “The children who know the history and traditions of their family are generally more balanced, confident and have a higher self-esteem,” says Snack.

Read - If you read books to your children arrive at primary school better prepared To the discovery of truth If, on the one hand, there are many benefits in believing in Santa Claus, comes to all the time to grow up. Discover the truth about Santa Claus, stop believing in magic, it is a signal that the child is developing critical thinking skills. He has learned how to experiment, evaluate, and analyze the world around him: a man can really fly all over the world in one night?

In response to this question is important is that the parents were lying. Growing up for the kids becomes important to learn to trust the family. “The relations between parents and children are based on honesty,” says Snack. “The children are in need of points of reference, so that you feel confident enough to explore the world, take risks, make mistakes and try new things. Children must also be able to rely on their parents, as this first report will build the future ties, the ones that will last a lifetime”.

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