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How old were your kids when they stopped believing in the Easter bunny? How did you keep the older children from spilling the beans and telling their bunny discovery to your younger kids?
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This is very relevant as my kids were talking about it at dinner last night. My oldest (1st grade) is definitely in the transitional phase. I think the Easter Bunny is a little different from Santa in our house because the build-up is so much more intense for Santa. My five- and seven-year-old seem to go, either way, they want to believe but are also putting aside coins and making sure the eggs are ready "so Mommy can help hide the eggs"...I don't argue with them about it and kinda just let it be. I think if they found out the truth, they would be OK and if they still want to believe- so be it for now, until next year!
We have 7 children in our household and it's only the youngest 3 that truly still believe. That being said, my older children love to play along as they enjoy the Easter morning rituals and traditions that we have as a family. Whilst they know the truth, they enjoy pretending so this means that the secret is kept safe for the younger children.
I think that most kids go through a transitional phase where they are not quite sure whether or not to believe in Santa or the Easter Bunny. During this time, they do not quite believe, but are too scared that they might miss out on gifts or chocolate to say anything. My daughter remained in this transitional phase for quite a long time. She had a very sweet friend group who all loved the excitement and I think managed to keep the "magic" alive for a bit longer because of it. My son had a more diverse group of friends and these kids had their own faith based practices at around Easter and Christmas time. This meant that not all kids in his friend group believed in the bunny to begin with. We had a lot of questions at around 6/7 years old about different beliefs and why not everyone believes the same things.
What we chose to do was to tell my son just before Christmas of his 1st Grade year, that he was at an age where Santa and the Bunny handed over the responsibility of giving gifts and hiding Easter eggs to parents and other adults so that they can focus on the little kids. This was framed as a big deal because he could now be included in the inner circle that keeps the magic of these holidays alive.
This worked well for us because my son held onto his belief in the "magic" of each season while being able to set aside his childish beliefs. It also made him more inclined to try keeping younger kids excited about their annual visit from the Bunny.