Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell have a big rule when it comes to their daughters: Don’t lie.

The actors and parents to daughters, Delta, 4, and Lincoln, 5½, admit “I have a fundamental rule that I will never lie to them, which is challenging at times,” Dax Shepard, 43, told Us Weekly admitting the “controversial” nature of the decision before explaining his reasoning.

“Our 5-year-old started asking questions like, ‘Well, this doesn’t make sense, and that doesn’t make sense,’ ” recalled the actor. “I’m like, ‘You know what? This is just a fun thing we pretend while it’s Christmas.’ “

“They love watching movies about Santa, they love talking about Santa. They don’t think he exists, but they’re super happy and everything’s fine.”

Psychologist and parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson revealed when we should be telling our children the truth.

He said: “In my experience, kids get curious between the ages of five and seven.” Read more on that HERE.

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  • It kind of sounds ok when I read the exolanation. I think white lies for the kids innocence and enjoyment are not that bad though. It doesn’t last long so I made the most of it


  • Children will work it out on their own.


  • I know those who follow the Jewish faith don’t celebrate Christmas at all.


  • We just don’t bring it up. No interest in it being a big thing.


  • I dont think it will cause any harm to the child if they believe in Santa, its part of the magical time of christmas. Each to their own really.


  • I look forward to this day when I have to say Santa is not real


  • I agree we don’t have to lie.
    Truth is that Santa is real :)
    He was a good man, who lived years ago, giving generous gifts to the poor.
    With Xmas we remember him and find inspiration by his generous heart, which we keep alive.


  • Each to their own parenting style!


  • kills the magic of Christmas but each to there own. A person I worked with refused to have Santa at her house because she wanted all the credit for the gifts

    • I came across someone similar and she wanted the credit and not Santa – just made me sad! :(

      • That’s sad really! I don’t care about getting credit for gifts, I just want to see my son happy. That’s sad that she felt that way

      • It was sad and I was lost for words for a few moments! Like you – I do not need the credit – the happiness and joy on their faces is all the ‘credit’ needed. Magic is special and childhood is over far to quickly – so I say let magic happen! :)


  • They did pretend about Santa originally just told the truth when the questions got too hard.


  • TEll them the truth when they are older and ready so they won’t be shocked


  • It’s good to tell children the truth but within reason. I don’t think the lie of Santa is a problem.


  • All families have their ways and if it works for them fine.


  • Each to their own and what they believe in.Still thinking Santa as real is a wonderful childhood memory!


  • A good rule to have. Not everyone’s going to make the same choices and that’s okay too.


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