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Ask Allison: ‘My sister-in-law insists on telling her son ‘the truth’ about religion and other important traditions and he told my kids. I am so angry with her. Help!

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It can be difficult to keep the festive spirit alive for your kids as they grow older. Stock image.

It can be difficult to keep the festive spirit alive for your kids as they grow older. Stock image.

It can be difficult to keep the festive spirit alive for your kids as they grow older. Stock image.

Q: I am so angry with my sister-in-law. I have two children aged eight and five, and she has a son who’s seven. They came to visit recently and my kids said to me their cousin had told them that a certain seasonal tradition was a fantasy dreamed up by parents. I don’t want to spell it out for obvious reasons. I reassured my children that my nephew was mistaken but I am not sure if the eldest believed me. She has previously said that religion was a lie believed by gullible people, but I let that one go. I really want to confront my sister-in-law about this — why do people have to ruin things? How I should proceed?

Allison replies: The joy of childhood is innocence, a beautiful world full of possibility, hope and a freedom of being able to be in the moment. When these ‘fantasies’ are taken away, it steals from your child all the magic that encompasses a family at such a special time of year. Magic is real for believers.


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