Parenting advice: What to do when your child doesn’t believe in Santa.

My Kid Clearly Doesn’t Believe in Santa Anymore, and I’m Bummed

My Kid Clearly Doesn’t Believe in Santa Anymore, and I’m Bummed

Slate's parenting podcast.
Dec. 19 2014 9:36 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Truth About Santa Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast discuss Santa Claus and holiday gifts that will get your kids to make something, not stare at a screen.


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In this week’s edition of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate editors Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt talk with special guest John Dickerson about managing the transition from kids who believe in Santa to kids who know that (SPOILER ALERT) there is no Santa. Then John sticks around to discuss his article about holiday gifts that aren’t video games. Plus triumphs and fails, recommendations, and a listener call about what to do when mom and dad really are fighting.


This week, Mom and Dad discussed:

Mom and Dad recommend:

Dan recommends the Lizzie Skurnick Books editions of The All-of-a-Kind Family books. Buy three, get one free!

Allison recommends two great tactile gifts: Magna-Tiles and LEGO Creationary.

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Allison Benedikt is Slate’s executive editor. Follow her on Twitter.

John Dickerson is a co-anchor of CBS This Morning, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s culture department. He is writing a book called How to Be a Family and co-writing, with Isaac Butler, an oral history of Angels in America.