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55 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 06 May 2007 11:47PM

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Comment author: Tom_Crispin 07 May 2007 04:32:59PM 8 points [-]

Encouraging your children to believe in Santa Claus teaches that you will lie to them because you think it's cute. I promised my daughter that I would never lie to her -- I might refuse to answer, but never lie.

Comment author: pnrjulius 27 May 2012 03:25:33AM 4 points [-]

Right! No wonder teenagers don't trust their parents; they know for a fact that their parents have lied to them in the past!

Comment author: bokov 24 September 2013 06:09:40PM 3 points [-]

After my oldest came out as a Santa-denier, I told him something along the lines of "Congratulations. I admit that I and every other grown-up were lying to you. From now on I will never deliberately lie to you about anything again. Please keep your insight secret from other kids who aren't in on the joke yet, so they too can benefit from figuring it out themselves."