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Dax Shepard And Kristen Bell Made A "Controversial" Choice With Their Kids This Christmas

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Parenting can be difficult for anyone, but there's something about having the public watching your every move make you feel a little bit more self-conscious.

When you're a celebrity, every choice you make is evaluated by the people in the world, and obviously it isn't the greatest feeling. But Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell have managed to keep on fighting through any comments and always to do what is best for their kids.

Shepard just revealed something that many parents would be stunned to find out. He actually told his young kids that Santa wasn't real.

He admits that it's a "controversial" choice, but it's one he's satisfied with. When his daughter started asking too many questions about Santa, he decided it was time to tell his kids the truth even though they are only five and three years old.

“This is going to be very controversial,” Shepard said. “I have a fundamental rule that I will never lie to [the kids], which is challenging at times. Our 5-year-old started asking questions like, ‘Well, this doesn’t make sense, and that doesn’t make sense.’ I’m like, ‘You know what? This is just a fun thing we pretend while it’s Christmas.’”

Telling your kids there is no Santa Claus is kind of a huge deal. A lot of parents like to keep the illusion going but Shepard and Bell decided that their honesty policy with their kids was more important.

Just because they know that there is not red-suited man bringing them presents, the kids are still happy to keep up with all the traditions.

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

He also explained how he gets his children in the giving spirit. “We encourage them to give something of theirs to whatever friend comes over,” Shepard revealed. “We’re trying to show that an object can give you some joy when you get it, but then seeing how it can make someone else happy is sometimes even more fun then the thing was itself.”

Christmas traditions are big for the Shepard-Bell family even if Santa isn't one of them. “We have matching onesies. There’s Santa hats that we wear,” he said. “And the kids have matching Christmas pajamas.”

It's nice that they have been able to keep up all of these Christmas traditions without having to lie to their kids!

Source - US Magazine

How old were your kids when you finally told them the truth?

Tanya has been writing for Shared for two years. She spends too much time thinking about dogs, Marvel movies, and ice cream. You can reach me at tanya@shared.com