Easter is back again with its traditional eggs and chocolate figures. This gives our dear children a chance to be patient until Christmas as they dream of the magical traditions of Easter, which vary according to country and region, from the Easter Bunny to egg-hunting around the house and garden. This is a good time for us as parents to wonder at the fascinating ability of children to believe in the make-believe and, depending on their star sign, understand how they deal with the unexplainable and how to reveal the harsh reality when the time comes ...
When the moment of truth arrives, however, there is a danger they will react badly to the fact that they have been lied to. It will need all your tact and diplomacy to explain that you told them tall stories for their sake, not yours ...
When the moment of truth arrives, you should emphasise how much adults like making their children happy and reassure them that you will always love them, as these are children who don't really like unexpected changes.
When the moment of truth arrives, you will need to make them understand the importance of secrecy, as they are talkative and will give away what they have discovered. Flatter them for their lucid insight and don't hesitate to make them feel grown-up, to make sure they keep quiet where younger children are concerned!
When the moment of truth arrives, you will need to wrap the real truth in great tenderness and reassure them that you will always be there to protect them. Don't try to make them grow up too quickly; this is one of the signs that gets the most out of childhood.
When the moment of truth arrives, you should start by congratulating them on having moved on a stage to share in an adult secret. Under their airs of swagger, they lack self-confidence and this feeling of promotion will enable them to swallow the unpalatable more easily.
When the moment of truth arrives, praise their observation skills and modestly give way in the face of their lucid thinking. Make them feel grown-up and they will quickly forgive your apparent ravings, while taking care to play the role of grown-ups with younger children.
When the moment of truth arrives, make them see the inherent pleasure of believing in magic as opposed to the harsher side of life. Stress the fair side of letting others live in the magical world they have known. This is an argument that will appeal to them.
When the moment of truth arrives, they could show resentment and accuse you of lying to them. All you will need to do is calm them down by pointing out the benefits they have had from your little hoax ...
When the moment of truth arrives, you can expect them to pile on the reproaches as these are children who cannot bear lies or subterfuge. You will manage to get out of this if you show your goodwill in supporting cultural traditions, which is a notion they will understand very quickly.
When the moment of truth arrives, you should take the necessary precautions for them not to feel betrayed or made to look ridiculous. Try to appeal to their sense of responsibility towards those who are younger. They will feel pleased and proud to have moved on from the baby stage to share in the grown-up world.
When the moment of truth arrives, don't insist too much that they keep quiet, as these children are often contrary. Better to flatter their lucid reasoning, even encouraging them to feel sorry for the poor little ones who haven't yet reached the stage where they can access knowledge reserved for them alone ...
When the moment of truth arrives, use tenderness and tact to console them for what will often be a revelation that is hard to accept. Don't try to make the role of being grown-up now attractive, but focus more on the fact that they will still be your baby, whatever ...
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