New Guidebook for Parents Addresses 'How to Talk to Your Child About Santa Claus'

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Veteran teacher and mom Sonia Leal gives advice on when to discuss and what to say when children ask for the truth about St. Nick

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The ultimate goal of this book is for parents to be able to have a discussion with their children about a difficult topic and to have that conversation result with more clarity and understanding.

At some point, the magic of Christmas evolves into a source of anxiety for parents. The thought of answering the age-old question that many children eventually have, ‘Is there really a Santa Claus?’ brings fear to many parents. Until now, there was never a guidebook on how to handle the innocently sensitive question.

Sonia Leal, a parent of two children who has more than two decades of experience teaching students from grades K-12, goes where many parents dread in How to Talk to Your Child About Santa Claus, believed to be the first book specifically written to answer one of the toughest questions that a parent ever has to explain.

“The ultimate goal of this book is for parents to be able to have a discussion with their children about a difficult topic and to have that conversation result with more clarity and understanding,” explained Leal, who was inspired by the discussion with her own nine-year-old daughter. “It is a sensitive subject for children and before I wrote this book, there wasn’t a lot of information available to address this question for parents.”

The book is filled with her deeply personal understanding of honesty, charity and goodwill. Part self-help guide and part memoir, Leal helps set parents' minds at ease by discussing:

  • When is the right time to explain to your child about Santa Claus?
  • Who was St. Nicholas... and how did a 4th century Turkish bishop morph into a rotund, red-suited North Pole resident?
  • Is Santa Claus relevant for people who do not celebrate Christmas?
  • The importance of honesty in a relationship
  • Why generosity is desperately needed in today's world
  • The role of tradition and symbols in modern life

“Parents should view this as an opportunity to develop a bond in their relationship with their child rather than a burden,” suggested Leal.

The book can be purchased at Amazon.com for $10.99.

About the Author

A native of the South Bronx and graduate of Fordham University, Sonia Leal worked for a major New York market radio station and for PBS before earning her MS in education from the City College of New York. For more than two decades, she has taught students grades K–12 and had been approached countless times by parents wanting to know how they should answer their child’s questions about Santa Claus. This inspired her to write a book to help parent’s better deal with a significant event of their child's development.

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