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  •  The frames are set in stone well before age 12. (3+ / 0-)
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    Kewalo, beltane, happymisanthropy

    Starts with: Daddy, why is the sky blue? "Because god made it that way child."

    Takes decades of freer thought to jackhammer through that steel reinforced, cast-in-place, synaptic structure.

    IGTNT...Honor the Fallen...Respect Their Loved Ones.

    by geez53 on Sun Oct 11, 2009 at 07:59:23 AM PDT

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    •  We didn't even teach our kids (2+ / 0-)
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      about Santa Claus when they were little. Once you allow for impossible fantasies being real, it is that much harder for them to grasp reality.

      I'm in the pro-Obama wing of the Democratic Party.

      by doc2 on Sun Oct 11, 2009 at 08:16:59 AM PDT

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      •  Did you let them play house (1+ / 0-)
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        or cops and robbers?  Imagination can also be stifled at a young age.  As the mind develops people realize santa is not real.  Thinking outside of the box requires imagination and imagination muscles must be stretched and exercised.  Congrats on keeping a child from believing in non christian pagan cling-ons of a holiday that is mostly commercial.  Do you let them watch cartoons with talking animals?

        I don't care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting. Che Guevara

        by Paid Troll on Sun Oct 11, 2009 at 08:30:55 AM PDT

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        •  Sure, they watched cartoons. (1+ / 0-)
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          But we, their parents, never told them that animals can talk, nor that Santa can fly to every house in the world in one night. What does the kid think when years later they realize that their parents were lying to them? Trust is paramount in importance, and it didn't seem to me that lying about anything was a good idea.

          I'm in the pro-Obama wing of the Democratic Party.

          by doc2 on Sun Oct 11, 2009 at 08:34:29 AM PDT

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          •  HAHAHA (2+ / 0-)
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            I am not judging your parenting, I believe if you really try to be a parent ( and you must be as you have a plan and a thought process ) you probably are a good parent.  I just think teaching a kid to eat right and not do drugs and not lie cheat or steal or read for fun....those vastly outshine santa claus damage.  I worked for several years as a paramedic and saw all the terrible things people do to children and taking away santa is not even close.  I do remember loving the magic around Xmas and it sucks they did not get that although i am sure you make it up in other ways.  

            I don't care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting. Che Guevara

            by Paid Troll on Sun Oct 11, 2009 at 08:40:11 AM PDT

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      •  Oh, we did (1+ / 0-)
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        I figure it will teach them to question everything.  The greatest scientific discoveries have been made by those who engaged in seemingly "impossible" fantasies like space and time not being absolute.

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