Talking to your Child about the Easter Bunny
In our last poll, "Talking to your Child about the Easter Bunny", we took a look at one of the somewhat tricky roads of parenthood to traverse - your child is not a little tot anymore who should believe in the Easter Bunny (Santa Claus, or the Tooth Fairy) yet you either do not have the heart to tell her or him that it is just a made up game, or you lack the gumption to do so.
You have thought about the question of what to you and you have voted:
1. 42.9 percent of you have stated that you simply don't know what to do and will most likely procrastinate a course of action until next year.
2. 35.7 percent stated that you will sit down with your child and break it to them that the whole bunny affair is a game that adults like to play for children.
3. 14.3 percent indicated that you will stop the bunny tradition cold turkey with little by ways of preparation or explanation.
4. 7.1 percent just weren't able to face the music themselves and will leave this talk up to a family friend or relative.
Here are some tips on dealing with this milestone in the parent-child relationship that many wish would never arrive.
Understand that you will not be able to keep on playing the bunny game forever, and it is best to pick a point in time that the child is still young and willing to accept the change in routine at face value yet not old enough to have been mocked by classmates or friends for still believing in the bunny.
It is best for you to be the one to discuss the issue with your child, simply because as a parent, the buck stops with you.
While it may be a big change for the child, it is best not to make a big deal about the issue. In other words, do not signal your child how terrible you feel, because if you do your child will most pick up on the mood and proceed to really feel terrible - simply because you are anticipating it!
Probably the easiest way to deal with the change in routine is to explain that it is time for the "bunny game" again this year and now that your child is so big, she or he can participate. Rather than having a long drawn out talk, let the child in on the "big secret" and allow her or him to play the game with the adults, perhaps for a younger sibling, or simply for the fun of it.
About Sylvia Cochran
Welcome to the world of a poet and writer who juggles a family, work, and a hundred commitments. Born and raised in Germany, and since 1988 living in the United States, this writer offers a global perspective on parenting issues, everyday living situations, time management, ethics, marriage, and personal growth. She publishes her work at Families Online Magazine, and Bella Online. Contact her with questions and comments at [email protected] and be sure to put ýFamilies Onlineţ into the reference line.