It seems like every photo album has at least one picture of a red-faced child screaming on Santa’s lap. For many, being terrified by Santa is a rite of passage in our culture. But if you would prefer your child have a smooth meeting with the man in red, there are a few things you can do. Below are 5 tips for helping your child enjoy seeing Santa.
For little ones who do not yet understand Santa, suddenly being handed off to a stranger is terrifying. For them, look for cardboard cutouts and backdrops that you can use to get a picture with Santa without the fear or tears.
No, you probably don’t want to sit in Santa’s lap, but there is nothing wrong with being in the photo. Your proximity will ease the anxiety your child feels. Plus, we all know how rare it is for us to be in the photos, so this will be a snapshot to treasure.
Don’t just spring Santa on your kids. Instead, talk about it in advance and get them excited about the prospect. The better prepared they are, the better they will take it.
At the mall, you can spend hours in line, and that alone is enough to make a kid break down. Instead, seek out other opportunities that are likely to get a better result.
Many kids feel like there are too many expectations on them going into the moment. It is important that you allow your child to relax and be who he or she is. And if that ultimately means crying and refusing to sit in Santa’s lap, that is okay.