Kudos to the the authors of a paper in the Lancet Psychiatry for winning my coveted Prats of The Week Award.
Step forward Psychologist Professor Christopher Boyle and social scientist Dr Kathy McKay, who have told parents to stop pretending Father Christmas is real in case the "lie" damages relations with their children.
Seemingly spinning stories about Santa risks undermining a child's trust and is morally suspect. Additionally, the duo go on to condemn the idea of a "terrifying" North Pole intelligence agency which judges children to be nice or naughty.
They are quoted by the Telegraph:
"If they (parents) are capable of lying about something so special and magical, can they be relied upon to continue as the guardians of wisdom and truth?"Good grief!
Parents have been making up BS stories since the world began (eg religion, the boogeyman, fairy tales, Santa, the Easter Bunny etc), yet mankind has managed to survive.
It occurs to me that the daily dose of reality on TV, that kids are exposed to (eg Eastenders rapes/murders, body parts on the news and the behaviour of politicians etc), is a far greater threat to their sanity!
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