Health Watch - Holiday Moments: Seasonal Stories

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The important part of the holiday season is the opportunity to share special moments with the people you love. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about holiday moments. If you have young children in your life, you may observe traditions related to cultural stories and myths. These stories offer a great way to teach children about your values.

For young children, Santa Claus may be the most exciting part of the Christmas season. How do you answer children’s questions about Santa Claus? Dr. Carroll Hughes, a psychologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says parents can talk about Santa as a symbol of kindness and generosity. There are similar values that can be taught with other holidays, such as Ramadan, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa.

Children start to understand the difference between real life and figures like cartoon characters at ages 4 through 6, and around this time they’ll be able to recognize Santa Claus as a symbol of the holiday.   

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December 2010


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