Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
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Child Psychology

Yesterday was our office Xmas party during lunchtime. I agreed to play Santa and pass out gifts to kids whose parents had brought them to the party. There were 5 kids ranging from 1 to 4. One little girl who was 2, ran right up to me, got her gift and even returned later to say, "Thank you, Santa." Two boys aged 3 and 4 came up reluctantly probably because the lure of toys was too great. The worst 2 were a brother and sister aged 18 months and 2.5. They wanted nothing to do with Santa. Even holding on to mom, they were deathly afraid. What I found amusing was that they were my asshole boss' kids. This was the same reaction I got when I fursuited at a 4th of July party. We all have a suspicion that the boss spoils the kids and is poor at teaching discipline. Her daughter was almost kicked out of daycare for a biting problem last year. It got me thinking. Is there something ingrained in a child's mind to fear Santa and mascots at a certain age or is it part of the child's upbringing?

I have fursuited dozens of events and have interacted with hundreds of kids. I can usually tell right away who will want a hug and who will cry. The one exception are kids under 1. Sometimes they have a "WTF?!?" look on their faces when I approach, but once I give them a gentle pet with my paw, many start to see me as a giant plushie and will warm up to me. Sometimes I become a plushie and the kid will start to cry when mom tries to take them away from me. I almost want to do some sort of study to see what forms a child's reaction to a mascot.

It also got me thinking about having kids of my own. People have told me that they could easily picture me cuddling a child in fursuit. It's a very nice picture. Would the child treat a fursuit as just another part of the family? Would it mess with its mind? Would the kid grow up thinking that dad could transform into a bear? A nice furry thought *grins* Is it normal for all kids to develop "monsters" at a certain age, or is it possible to have a child like Boo from "Monsters Inc." who doesn't fear such things? And having a father who likes vore will be no help. "Daddy! Daddy! The monster wants to eat me!" "Cool!"
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