Health Watch -- Holiday Prep: The Santa Story
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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been offering tips to help you and your family have a safe and healthy holiday season. One big dilemma parents may face is how to handle questions about Santa Claus. Dr. Carroll Hughes, a psychiatrist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says when children ask these questions, it could offer parents a good teaching opportunity.
When children are around 4 to 6, they’re able to tell the difference between real life and fictional creatures like cartoon characters. That means they might be receptive to thinking about Santa Claus as a symbol of such values as kindness and generosity.
Other cultural traditions, such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Ramadan, offer similar opportunities to teach children about these values.
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