We sort of came up with a happy medium idea. We are going to tell the kids to put their tooth under the pillow and in the morning they will get a little surprise. The surprise could be a nice sticker, a story of their favoirte saint, a treat, a quarter, a homemade coupon for a visit to their favorite park, a beautiful message, a nice pin button for them to wear.
The idea is to keep the fun and surprise part of the “tooth fairy” tradition without having to lie about it. If they ask who put it there?… we’ll just say that it’s part of the surprise, that’s all.