You may celebrate different holidays and events with your children by sharing stories about pretend holiday mascots like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. Telling your children the truth about these may be difficult, but should be gentle, and happen when they start realizing the truth themselves. Read more: When Should Parents Tell Their Kids the Truth About Santa Claus and Other Holiday Mascots? Article
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Good parenting helps foster empathy, honesty, self-reliance, self-control, kindness, cooperation, and cheerfulness, says Steinberg, a distinguished professor of psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia. It also promotes intellectual curiosity, motivation, and desire to achieve. It helps protect children from developing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, antisocial behavior, and alcohol and drug abuse.