Is there anything worse than standing in line for what seems like forever, only to have your child refuse to sit on Santa’s lap? Or worse, run away shrieking?

OK, maybe there are worse things. But that doesn’t mean this isn’t a scenario you want to avoid. Here’s how:
  • Talk to your children about what is likely to happen during their visit with Santa. Knowing what to expect can go a long way to reduce a child’s fear.

  • Modeling by others can be a useful strategy for reducing fear. Have your frightened child watch from a distance as an older sibling or friend sits on Santa’s lap. Once he or she sees that visiting Santa is actually something fun, your child may be want to participate as well.

  • Being exposed to Santa beforehand — such as seeing Santa in online videos, photos, story books, DVDs — may help children to be better prepared for their own visit with Santa.

  • Allow your child to approach Santa at his or her own pace. Start far away and gradually encourage your child to get closer as he or she becomes more comfortable.

  • Don’t force your child to approach Santa. Although exposure to feared situations is an effective way to reduce fear, it only works when it’s predictable and under the control of the child.

  • Before you bring your child to the mall, tell a story about Santa so your child is familiar with this character and sees him as friendly and jolly instead of someone who is new and potentially scary.

  • If all else fails, don’t sweat it. It’s perfectly normal for young children to be afraid of Santa, as well as other costumed characters. Children eventually outgrow their fear of Santa and may want to take a photo with him when they are older.

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