Santa, The Tooth Fairy, The Easter Bunny and their friends

How do you keep the magic alive and ensure your children ‘believe’  for as long as possible?

I fear I have caused myself a whole world of stress. You see it was not enough for me to have to conceal the workings of Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy from my children…oh no…I had to add to personal fairies into the mix!

Why do I do this to myself?

I think it is a combination of wanting to continue to create this magical world for the children and giving them a reason to behave well.

fairies

Each child has a fairy – The role of these fairies is to check on the children at night to see that they have gone to bed on time and are not engaging in any late-night sneaky bedroom activities such as reading under the covers, playing games or drawing. These fairies are especially awesome, as they travel wherever the children go, even checking on them when we are on holiday!

Normally the children accept without question the role of these fairies – however, one night I was quizzed about what they look like, how big they are and why they haven’t seen them in person. This questioning went on for a good 30 minutes and I nearly fell over my lies about these mystical guardians several times. This was stressful.

The only way I could get the children to eventually settle was to tell them I would stay up late and get a photo of the fairies for them to see in the morning.

That was good enough and the children quickly went to sleep.

However, that left me with a problem…how on earth was I going to sort this out?

So, when I should have been typing up a report for a client I found myself researching fairies on the internet. Insane! By midnight I had finally found three male fairies and one female fairy that loosely resembled the ridiculously detailed descriptions of the fairies I had expertly told the children about. I printed the pictures, wrote a note to each child from their fairy and sneaked it into their room.

What was I doing? Clearly I have decided that being a parent is not hard enough and I need to complicate things further.

What a lunatic!

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38 comments

  1. Ahaha! That’s gold!! I am so taking this idea for my kid. I think it’s great for kids to believe in something, plus to also get them to behave!

    Love your enthusiasm. You are not a lunatic, you are awesome 🙂

    #FridayFrolics

  2. This is great! Keep the magic alive as long as possible! I fully expect that I will find myself writing invitations to Hogwarts to my kids one August. There is a good chance there will also be a Hogwarts letter for Mummy. There is a slight chance we will all be throwing ourselves at a wall in Kings Cross Station on 1st September!

    My mum used to put tiny glitter footprints across our bedside table & a letter from the toothfairy written in tiny writing, again with glitter prints! I am definitely doing this, as I loved them!

    1. Oh that’s amazing! Glitter footprints sound fab 🙂
      We are also big Hogwarts fans and yes, will most likely be writing admissions letters too lol – good luck!

  3. I had to read this post!!! Gosh this is me all over (just to state the obvious!!) – What I’m going to struggle with is that once they discover one thing isn’t true, that will then blow it for the whole lot! The 6 year old is asking *those* questions and i just can’t tell him the truth (particularly when he asks in front of his older sister, who’s an avid believer). I just say ‘they’ve always told me since I was a kid to ‘believe what I want to believe’ and I think they’re probably right….
    But that’s not going to last forever is it?? Gah!

  4. I wish I’d thought of it myself! What a wonderful way of helping keep your children’s imaginations going. Children grow up too fast so it is nice to keep them believing in magical things for as long as possible.

    I don’t think you’re a lunatic, I think you’re great!

    #PoCoLo

    xx

  5. my little boy is five and he is already beginning to question my lies the trouble is I am rubbish at remembering what I have said I think my best tip is keep it simple the more extravagant the story gets the harder it is to maintain it! love this post though and what a great idea trying to keep the magic here for as long as possible! #picknmixfriday

  6. Oh I love this, we have Buddy the elf at Christmas and Kyles tooth fairy is called clover heart wizard! We do love to make things harder for ourselves! Thanks for linking up to #PickNMix

  7. Its hard work but so lovely to have magic. Unfortunately for me I was born and my siblings were 4, 8, 10, 12 ,13, 15,16 so I was told right away that no santa existed and I could forget Easter bunny and the toothfairy visiting as it was mom and she always forgot. lol (she didn’t) but having so many older siblings they took magic right out and so I think I will try to preserve it even longer for my two since they are so close in age. lol. Good for you and all your hard work for magic. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. I hope to see you again soon. #sharewithme

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