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My 9-Year-Old Believes in the Easter Bunny

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Guest blogger Charlotte: By some miracle, my 9-year-old daughter still believes in the Easter Bunny. I know what you're thinking: It's cruel to perpetuate this myth in a child so old, right? Especially when all her friends tell her she's crazy to think a rabbit delivers gift-laden baskets to all the children of the world. She believes it, though, because she believes me when I tell her that yessiree, the Easter Bunny is the real deal.

Say what you will, but I simply cannot fess up to this! For one thing, I enjoy preparing her basket the night before, and I love seeing her excitement on Easter morning. And two, she's been brought up with a pretty strict "no lying" policy. How can I let her know that her father and I have been snowing her this long without sounding like a hypocrite? Forget it! And then of course there's the issue of her still believing in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, too. To admit to one being bulls**t is to admit that all of them are. No, no, no: I just cannot face her disappointment -- in the truth, and in me -- if we came clean.

Eventually, though, she'll figure it out. I can already see her standing there, eyebrow raised, hands on hips and the toe a-tapping. But her father and I have decided to stick together, and for as long as we're alive, NEVER admit to anything. We've already planned our response: "Someone is eating the carrots we leave out on Easter Eve. Someone is hiding the eggs and leaving the baskets .... It's not us -- so who is it? You do the math, kiddo ...." Hopefully the implied "wink-wink" will be understood. And if not, we can always pull out the "big gun," which will surely force her to reconsider:

"If you don't believe, you won't receive."

Yes, I think that might do the trick quite well.

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familysqueeze April 21, 2011, 9:37 AM

Hmmmm…that’s a tough hole to dig yourself out of..since, undoubtedly, she will eventually find out. In all sincerity, I truly believe honesty is the best policy. And as much as she will be disappointed at finding out the truth, you may find that she is mature enough to understand. Perhaps if you bring to light the history of these traditions and express the origin of these celebrations, she may even embrace them and continue playing along. When I think back at my childhood; I honestly can’t remember ever TRULY believing in Santa Claus… but I still wanted to play along. Consider this an extension to playing “pretend.”

hannah April 21, 2011, 5:05 PM


jar April 22, 2011, 9:56 AM

9? Definitely NOT too old. Worry about it in another 2-3 years.

dmill April 22, 2011, 10:35 AM

We never made a big deal out of the Easter Bunny, but I know that my 10 yr old still believes in the tooth fairy and Santa Claus. I thought for sure that last Christmas would be the year she asked, but she didn’t and I LOVED how excited she was and how much she got her little brother excited. I, too, am letting her believe as long as I can. Childhood is so short in many other ways.

Anonymous April 23, 2011, 8:44 AM

We had articles like this four months ago - do the math and you’ll figure out why - and I suppose we’ll have them again in another eight months. It’s boring. The choice is simple to make - either stop being a liar or continue being a liar. See, there are only two options, not that hard, surely.

By the way, don’t tell anyone but sons of invisible sky magicians who die and then come back to life only to die again don’t exist either. I thought you should know.

KailuaMom April 27, 2011, 6:25 PM

My almost 10-yr old also believes in the Easter Bunny.She’s my youngest-I’ll let her believe as long as she will. They grow up too fast!

andrea May 1, 2011, 4:29 PM

hi easter bunny I no your not rell becus im 6 and omost 7 and you do not lay the eggs and your in a costom you are not rell!

Cj May 8, 2011, 10:42 AM


I’m sorry, that was extremely rude, let me explain why this is idiotic.

In this explanation I need to go back three to six hundred years, lets begin. Three hundred years ago a 13 year old was mature enough to marry, obtain land, peasents and have a family. In today’s society a 13 year old can’t own a cell phone without mom and dad’s consent.

Here’s the problem, physically we haven’t really evolved since then. Yes we live longer but our mental developement is EXACTLY THE SAME STILL! this is important because while it’s nice to pretend to be a kid at thirteen you really are NOT ONE.

Now think about this, you’re child only has two three years TOPS before she starts thinking about sex. do you want her to be confused about reality when her first sex experience happens (likely at 11-12 years old, if she’s halfway decent and popular)

YOU NEED TO GROW UP, and let your daughter grow up. FESS UP TO THIS NOW AND TELL HER IMMEDIATELY. THEN APOLOGIZE FOR BEING SUCH A DOUCHE AND TAKING SO LONG. This is currently stunting your daughter in ways you can only begin to imagine.

Start prepping you child for the real world NOW so she doesn’t end up another socially deprived porn star at 16(she lied about her age to get freedom from your repressiveness).

Take this chance to better your life and your childs. Both of you need to grow up a bit and why not do it together. Go out shopping for that slutty dress she wants, or maybe talk about that crush she has. BE INTERESTED IN HER AND NOT JUDGMENTAL. Everyone makes choices in life, it’s not the choices we make actually though, it’s how we handle the repercussions, that make us adults.

kiki May 25, 2011, 5:41 PM

So…you won’t admit to lying and expect her not to lie? If she lies, is she allowed to avoid fessing up? I think parents should admit to be hypocritical, then explain why they still firmly believe that what they did was wrong.

But as far as a nine year old believing in the Easter bunny, I think that might be ok. I think I was nine when I started to doubt the existence of Santa/Easter bunny/ etc.

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