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What To Do When Your Kids Friends Don’t Believe?

As moms, we are the magic makers. Holidays, birthdays and family traditions – we bring the magic and do what we can to make it special for our kiddos. Special looks different in every house, and I truly believe that everyone’s definition of magic should be different. I’m also not saying that dads, partners, or grandparents don’t bring magic to the moments. Quite the opposite in fact. I’m just speaking from my perspective and how I’m handling others.

So what’s a mom to do when our kids start hearing things aren’t “real” at school and among their peers? The conversations inevitably make kids question their own beliefs in the “magic” and that just makes me sad. That being said, I completely understand that it’s going to happen, and that kids will talk, especially as they continue to grow up and get more and more curious.

Is it too much to ask that moms establish a “mom promise” with each other to teach our kiddos to keep this information (and their beliefs) to themselves?!? Not entirely realistic, I know!!!! But the mom in me wants to preserve the magic for any kid that still believes, and not have it “ruined” before they are ready to hear it.

So moms promise that you will have the hard conversation when your child is ready. Please promise that you will invite them to become a part of the magic. Welcome them to this exclusive and important club that only “big kids” are allowed to join. Assure your child that they are now ready to become Santa because they understand the true meaning of giving. By inviting them into the “club” – they will understand just how important it is to preserve the magic for others and that giving back matters. And until then, hang on to all the magical moments and memories.

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Kristen Fazzio
Kristen is a mama to three blue eyed girls, Bryn (10), Maya (6) & Tessa (5) and has called Columbus home since 2004. She was born in Pennsylvania, but her family moved a lot when she was growing up. Her family has been in Ohio since 1999 which is the same year Kristen became a Bobcat at Ohio University. In her 4 years at OU, Kristen met some of her very best friends, learned to stumble with grace down brick streets, rowed on the OU Women’s Crew team, joined a sorority, fell in love with her now husband Justin AND earned a degree! A “big girl” job in Retail Real Estate at LBrands brought Kristen to Columbus, and if she’s being honest so did the guy. They married in 2007 and started a family in 2012. When baby #2 arrived in 2016, Kristen became a stay-at-home mom and 18 months later, baby #3 arrived! It’s the hardest and best “job” she has ever had! In her spare time, Kristen enjoys exploring Columbus, reading, running, Crossfit, decorating, documenting the days through pictures, hiking, yoga, organizing and labeling things, attempting to be crafty, bargain shopping, DIY projects and spending time outdoors. Her favorite things in life are the beach, her girlfriends, travel, wine county, Mexican food, bike rides, sunsets, red wine, french fries, ice cream and her of course family!