momlogic's Julie: Last night, as I was tucking my 6-year-old daughter into bed, she asked me a question that stopped me in my tracks: "Mommy, is the Tooth Fairy real?"
I paused. She had never before given me any indication that she DIDN'T think the Tooth Fairy was real. In fact, her 9-year-old brother still believes in the Tooth Fairy.
"Why do you ask?" I queried.
"Michelle told me the Tooth Fairy isn't real, and that it's just your parents who put the money under the pillow," she replied.
Michelle is our 9-year-old neighbor.
I didn't know HOW to handle this question. I want my daughter to still believe in the Tooth Fairy and in Santa Claus! But I didn't want to lie to her, either.
I just said, "Well, maybe that's what Michelle thinks, but if you don't believe, you don't get money."
That seemed to satisfy her for now. I'm not sure I answered correctly, and I can't help but feel a bit mad at our neighbor -- even though she's only 9!
How would YOU have answered this question?