No face glows more than a child that's discovered magic, and that sweet fascination is the part of raising children that I just revel in — the larger-than-life allure of childlike innocence make-believe brings. Experts say that the benefits of kids believing in magic range from kids feeling empowered to encouraging creativity, and honestly, I believe it.
When parents encourage or facilitate magical beliefs, they're helping expand their children's imaginations as well as creating memorable experiences that will last a long after they stop believing. There are even some benefits of kids believing in magic that carry over into adulthood. Nobody is suggesting that outright lying to your kids is OK, but allowing them to believe in magic for the sake of magic can have some serious benefits.
This doesn't even have to mean letting them believe in a mythical character like Santa or the Tooth Fairy. Something as simple as wishing on a star or throwing a penny in a wishing well can be magical experiences for kids that provide the benefits of kids believing in magic. Although their magical beliefs will eventually wane as they age — typically around age 9, according to the experts Romper spoke with — kids who keep the spark of imagination alive as long as possible can reap developmental benefits that can last a lifetime.