In a sign of how screwed we are as a society, some Gen Z parents don’t let their kids believe in Santa Claus because they’ll be “traumatized” when they find out he’s not real.
Get off the deli table, we need all the cheese for this wine.
The hashtag “SantaIsntReal” is trending on TikTok with tens of millions of views because Gen Z thinks they’re better than everyone else and they want to throw Christmas in everything. Never fear, Gen Z parents are here and they have ALL the answers!
Some of the TikTok comments are pretty ridiculous.
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Someone made a video that got tens of thousands of views, letting everyone know that he told his 3-year-old that Santa isn’t real. “Telling kids that Santa is real is a lie, and I don’t believe in building my kids on a lie,” Sierra McKenzie told the New York Post.
Another mom said, “I don’t want to frighten my kids into thinking they should act a certain way or be more ‘naughty or kind’ than another kid based on Christmas gifts.”
Gen Z parents argue that it’s very traumatic for kids to finally learn that Santa isn’t real.
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Uhm, Santa’s been around for a CENTURY and I think people have done pretty well. We survived. I don’t see the overwhelming majority of Baby Boomers or Millennials relying on therapy as they only learned when they were 9 years old that Santa wasn’t real.
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Other parents have said they don’t want to instill a fear of Santa Claus as an omniscient, judgmental figure who will punish you if you’re naughty and not nice. They prefer to choose what is becoming more popular and known as “gentle parenting”. This is when parents try to raise children by encouraging kindness and respect rather than threatening them. Essentially, they want their children to be good people just because they’re good.
The “let’s all be nice to each other” argument has also been used for centuries. And do you know what came from it? Lots of people who have done horrific atrocities throughout the history of the world.
I expect these parents who preach to their children that they don’t want to lie about Santa Claus will NEVER lie to them about ANYTHING in their lives. If they’re going to use their moral high way, they have to do it in general. Let us know how this worked for you.
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One of my favorite quotes from the post article was by childcare expert and author Sarah Ockwell-Smith.
He told his selling point that it was important not to use Santa in a threatening way. “The idea of an all-seeing, judgmental, mythical being spying on children is pretty traumatic,” Smith said. “No wonder so many kids cry when they meet Santa.”
No. They cry because they are in an unusual situation, and that’s what children do – they cry.
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Kids will definitely lose their minds when they also visit the Easter Bunny. It turns out the Easter Bunny isn’t the same “careful, omniscient” being as Santa Claus. So what’s the argument for why kids cry when they see it? Exactly. Because they are just kids, they don’t know what’s going on!
I particularly remember one moment from last summer when my six-year-old niece was a brat. Nothing my sister or brother-in-law could do could calm him down, and he was in a rage. So what did I do? I said she’d better be nice and stop pretending or she won’t be getting a present from Santa.
Do you know what happened?
He started acting IMMEDIATELY.
Is it wrong to use a legendary person as punishment? What about parents who buy everything for their kids and refuse to say “No” to them? I find this much more disturbing than believing in Santa for a few years.
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In conclusion, this participation trophy, everyone a “congratulations!” mentality is causing irreparable harm to our future generations.
Parents aren’t doing them any favors by trying to protect their children and portraying the world as some kind of utopian “all is well”. Location. If you do not represent anything, then you represent nothing and that only allows chaos. We see this in the disruption of law and order in many cities in America. Criminals—especially younger ones—see that their actions have no consequences. It starts with robbing a CVS or Apple store and escalates until he does something much worse.
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To further the #SantaIsntReal counter-argument…
I think you have now frightened your child to be a part of what many other children participate in. your child.
While other kids are talking about Santa and making their Christmas lists, your child will either hate themselves for being left out. Or they’ll be a total jerk and tell the other kids that Santa isn’t real. Then those parents will hate YOU.
Now you have a troublesome, know-it-all kid that no kid wants to hang around with, and all the parents in group chats hate you.
Congratulations. Hope it’s worth it. Santa above all else.
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