Jump to content

Child age - and do they still believe?


  • Please log in to reply
46 replies to this topic

#1 *-*

Posted 05 December 2012 - 03:48 PM

I cannot recall when I stopped believing in santa.

DH believes he was 8 or 9.

He thinks that DD's 1 & 2 should have worked it out by now...  They are 10 (just shy of 11) and 9.5.  I on the other hand, want to leave it be... discussion is open - and often spoken about.  DD1  has friends who don't believe - but she adamantly believes!!

SO, just to get an idea - how old are your children - and do they still believe?


#2 adnama

Posted 05 December 2012 - 03:52 PM

DS is 4 and has no idea not to believe he has a real understanding this year more then ever.

DD is 7 1/2 and still believes i thought maybe she wouldn't by now with kids talking at school. So if she is iffy she hasn't let on.

#3 CharliMarley

Posted 05 December 2012 - 03:57 PM

My 6 year old grandson doesn't even believe in the tooth fairy and he hasn't lost any teeth yet. cry1.gif

#4 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 05 December 2012 - 03:58 PM

DD started not fully believing at about 11. Probably started questioning around 9-10.  She's 12 now, it was last christmas that she really sort of let me know that she knew.
The younger ones are all under 6 and still totally into it.

#5 baddmammajamma

Posted 05 December 2012 - 03:59 PM

My kids are 5 & 7, and they are non-believers. As I've shared on other related threads, my 7-year-old cracked the code at 3.5, and that was that.

We have fabulous Christmases nonetheless.

#6 Oriental lily

Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:01 PM

9, 4, and 2

All still believe but I see a suss look in the eye of my 9 year old.

Pretty sure this will be her last year or from now on she 'pretends' to believe.

#7 ~Nic~

Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:03 PM

3yo and 6 yo DS's both still believe, but 9yo DS started questioning it all last year (when he had just turned 8) and I am pretty sure he doesn't believe in it all anymore, but he doesn't want to say anything, just in case. I would say by next year though he won't believe in it at all..


#8 DrFeral

Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:04 PM

7 year old- no
5 year old- yes (refuses to believe eldest)

#9 *-*

Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:05 PM

QUOTE (Winterdanceparty @ 05/12/2012, 04:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My 6 year old grandson doesn't even believe in the tooth fairy and he hasn't lost any teeth yet. cry1.gif


The funny thing it - the tooth fairy has been outed here.  But nope, apparently the Easter bunny and Santa are still real.

The eldest is thinking it over - and her current conclusion is her own conclusion.

OM BMJ - Cracked at 3.5? I could only imagine how shocked you were. Clever little cookie!

#10 FeralSingleMum

Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:10 PM

5 and 2.

I think the 5 year old is getting a little suspicious and the 2 year old doesn't really understand but knows who Santa is.

#11 JustBeige

Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:13 PM

DD was 9.  DS was 10 when they found out.   DH and I think we were around the same age.   tbh, I cant remember what age I was I just remember busting mum putting the presents out and having an "ahhhhh" moment.

A friend of DD's was over the other day and DD mentioned that she still believes - she has 4 much younger sibs though and she is 12.

They also know that the tooth fairy and easter bunny is us, but it doesnt stop them from leaving their teeth under their pillows or doing an easter egg hunt. or diving on their Santa sacks before all else.

#12 Miranda Grace

Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:19 PM

Ds11  found out earlier this year
Dd10 still believes or is very clever at hiding it
Dd6 still believes

#13 Iris37

Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:20 PM

almost 9 and 6.5 and still believers  biggrin.gif

#14 Kwyjibo

Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:21 PM

Nearly 7 and still believes.

#15 Canberra Chick

Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:24 PM

My mum had to tell me at 10 because I was getting picked on at school for still believing.

DD is 3 and is only just getting the concept. DS will be 8 in March and we think he knows but won't say because he thinks the presents will stop if he stops believing... We had great plans for NOT doing Santa until the grandparents came to stay the Christmas that DS was almost 4 and we had to go along with it.

#16 GoneWithTheWhinge

Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:25 PM

nearly 7 believes


#17 i-love-my-son

Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:49 PM

Recently turned 8 and asked "Mum, is Santa Claus real ... or is it really you putting presents at the foot of the bed?"  I had to 'fess up.

#18 Angelina Ballerina

Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:57 PM

We told DS 3.5 that Santa is imaginary and we pretend at Christmas because it's fun.

#19 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:11 PM

My 4 year old has decided there's no one Santa, but a few that help out - otherwise, how could they be at all the shopping centres original.gif

Santa has never been a big part of Christmas here, he brings one coveted gift, and the rest are from family.  Last year he bought a My Little Pony toy, this year he's bringing a dinosaur.

#20 vanessa71

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:13 PM

DD is very sceptical and I don't think she really believes, but probably lives in hope that it is true. She goes to Catholic school and was horrified when I told her that I didn't believe in God and told me why there is a God. That was last year, this year she is a total non believer and that is without me expanding on what I told her last year.

I just had a conversation with her that went like this:

Isobel: Mummy, do yo know how to tell if Santa is real?

Me: How?

Isobel: You wish for something that is sold exclusively in America and if you get it, you know that Santa is real because he can go to America to get it.

She is testing.  original.gif

#21 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:15 PM

My kids are 6 and 3 and yes, Santa is real.

#22 QueenIanthe

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:16 PM

My 10yo is still holding onto believing but I don't think he really does. My 8yo has never expressed any doubt about the existence of Santa.

#23 HIH.GD.Isolabella

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:19 PM

7yo is suspicious I think.

3&5yo no clue.

#24 tanyak1

Posted 05 December 2012 - 07:43 PM

My eldest is 11 and still believes. I'm amazed by this, she's very intelligent and extremely sceptical and unchildlike in lots of ways, I thought she'd stop believing last year.

Other kids are 8 and 4 and believe too (I'm worried DD1 will blab to them once she figures it out).

#25 twinmumplus1

Posted 05 December 2012 - 07:49 PM

My 10 year old is convinced she saw him one Christmas therefore he exists.

One of my 8 year olds believes.

The other 8 year old - I'm sure he is sussing me out.

No one believes in the tooth fairy here though - may have something to do with her forgetfulness ....





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Five ways my second pregnancy is second best

As I roll into the second half of "Pregnancy: The Sequel", here is breakdown of the differences I have found thus far.

Domestic politics

Why I felt guilty about having a cleaner

Coming home to a clean house was a pleasure – and yet, I felt uneasy.

'Ugly' hearing aid ad leaves parents fuming

When Alecia Donoghue found out her baby would need hearing aids she worried about him becoming the target for schoolyard bullies.

Have you seen these missing children?

The Australian Federal Police has released the following information to locate some of Australia's missing children through the Family Law Court.

Margarita time

Keira Knightley welcomes first child

British actress Keira Knightley has become a first-time mother.

IVF patients in the dark over which clinics are least successful

Couples with fertility problems have little way of knowing which IVF clinics are the best performers despite significant differences between clinic success rates.

Couple forced to defend their decision to become parents

They met, fell in love and got married. Then, just like couples everywhere, Simon and Vicky Moore decided it was time to have a baby.

The one parenting tip that made all the difference

Amongst the useless, ill-informed advice we're given as new parents, many of us also receive nuggets of wisdom that make our lives just that little bit easier.

Five lies you tell yourself when you're pregnant

You can see it all now: glowing mumma with her gorgeous babe ... you know exactly what you're going to be like. Or perhaps you know exactly what you're not going to be like.

Family expecting fourth set of twins

A couple is expecting their fourth set of twins in five years.

The day my daughter almost drowned

We had six adults standing there, so I felt like I could relax a bit. After all, what could go wrong with so much supervision?

Sydney siege survivor names baby after victim Katrina Dawson

A Sydney barrister who survived the Lindt cafe siege has named her newborn daughter after her best friend who died in the tragedy.

The universal working mother experience

These days mothers need more than just traditional career advice.

Obama feels full force of toddler tantrum

Shopping centres, restaurants, the White House ... the list of places toddlers like to throw tantrums is endless.

Banishing bloat

How to avoid a bloated tummy

Here are some foods to eat in order to escape feeling ghastly and gassy.

The great new picture book for anxious kids

My son is a worrier by nature. I learnt long ago that it was completely pointless to say to him "Don't worry about it!".

Budget stripped more than $15b from families

The combined impact of the two budgets for low and middle income people was "devastating", new analysis by the Australian Council of Social Service shows.

Pregnant women urged to get flu shots

As the winter chill starts to arrive, NSW Health is urging pregnant women to get their flu shots.

65-year-old gives birth to quadruplets

A 65-year-old German woman, who already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets.

What you need to know about pregnancy and health insurance

It's not just waiting periods that couples need to consider - there are other factors to consider when thinking about health insurance.

Yummy mummy

Nicole Trunfio breastfeeds baby on Elle magazine cover

Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.

Warnings after baby girl died while sleeping in bouncer

Parents have been warned about the dangers of letting babies sleep in bouncers and swings following the death of a three-month-old girl.

Coping with fatigue as a parent

Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.

A very 21st century issue: parents, parks and smart phones

It's not all the parents, and it's not all the time, but there is often at least one doing it. And sometimes, that 'one' is me.

Appliances

Faulty washing machines linked to house fires

More than 80,000 faulty Samsung washing machines pose a fire threat in homes throughout Australia despite a nationwide recall of the machines.

7 things you might not know about postnatal depression

Despite its widespread nature, there is still a great amount of mystery surrounding PND - and it's important to try unravelling as much of that as we can.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there?s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it?s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

How to use gas effectively in labour

Many women in labour don't use gas effectively and suffer more side effects than benefits. Here's how to get the most out of this pain relief option.

'He has gastro but that's okay, right?': sick kid etiquette

We cannot place all children who are sick in a bubble till they recover, but we can give other parents a choice about exposing their kids to them.

Welcome to Winter

Now that the colder months are here, Essential Baby as all the information you need for staying healthy and happy during the chilly season.

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

Where are the childcare places?

It?s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Getting your family finances in order

Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

 

Top baby names

Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.