Dec 13, 2013
Post By: Julie Henry, RN, MPA
You’ve been standing in line for an hour, waiting to get a photo of little Jenny with Santa Claus. When you finally get to the front of the line, she bursts into tears and refuses to go anywhere near him. Sound familiar? Parents often have high expectations for their child’s visit with Santa, but things don’t always go as planned.
"There aren’t a lot of situations in which you would expect your child to warm up to a stranger immediately,” says Crista Donewar, Ph.D., a pediatric psychologist at Children’s Medical Center. “So it may not be realistic to expect a small child to quickly warm up to this large person who is wearing a costume and a long beard.”
Even so, there are some things you can do that may help prepare your child for a visit with Santa. Following are some suggestions from Dr. Donewar:
We hope these six tips help your child to not be scared of Santa and that you both enjoy your visit.
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