Mum sparks debate by admitting she hasn't raised kids to believe in Santa or Tooth Fairy
By MIRROR | 1 month ago
When it comes to parenting, everyone has their own style and methods and these can at times be pretty divisive.
One mum has certainly caused a stir after revealing that she is raising her children not to believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy.
In a post on TikTok, Nevada Shareef explained her reasons for doing this and admitted people have told her they think it's "weird".
But the parent claims she thinks it's healthy for her little ones as she's not lying to them.
She explained: "Name something about the way you raise your kids that people think is weird, but you think has been really healthy for them. I'll go first...
"So I've never told my kids that there was a Santa Claus, Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy at all and my reasoning behind that is, I never wanted to build my children's childhood on lies.
"I never wanted to build their hopes up, only to have them crushed later.
"I was often criticised, saying that I'm not allowing my children to have an imagination, or I'm not allowing my children to be a child, but actually I'm allowing my children to have imaginations of their own choosing. I didn't put imaginary creatures in their head."
She continued: "They still got Christmas presents, they still got Easter baskets and I personally rewarded them and praised them for getting their teeth out and all the other things that people normally get.
"I just didn't make them believe in something that wasn't true."
Nevada's video has been watched over 300,000 times and garnered more than 63,000 likes.
Thousands of people have commented on the clip, with many divided over it and some sharing their own unusual parenting decisions.
One person said: "Personally I don't share the same opinions but 100% respect yours. Just please teach your children not to ruin Santa etc for other children."
Another wrote: "As a teacher, I once had a 12-year-old kid tell me 'all adults lie about Santa Claus and Easter Bunny, how do we know what's true?' and I almost cried."
A third replied: "I let my son decide when he would get his first haircut. People were outraged that I let my child decide how he looked."
Someone else commented: "I allow my kids to question me. My mom says they talk back, but I want them to be strong and question authority."
A different user added: "I honestly loved it as a kid. When I realised they weren't real, I didn't really care. I was like, ok cool."
A sixth added: "To each it's own, but building childhood on a lie and crushing dreams is far-fetched to me. As you grow older you just kind of realise it's not real."
While a seventh agreed with Nevada, saying: "That's how I was raised and I appreciated my parents more for it. I saw how much they did for me to give me a childhood based on reality not fantasy."
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