With Easter holiday coming up fast I always wonder how much I should encourage the Easter Bunny senario. In the previous years we would visit family and have an Easter egg hunt on the Friday and I would use these eggs on Saturday nights egg placement. It's like recycling chocolate eggs and only have half the amount of chocolate in the house.
My eldest is 5, pushing 14 with her new found voice of maturity. I think she might catch on this year of only having half the chocolate she 'should' have. As for my 3 yr old I think I can continue to recycling of chocolate for another year.
My 5yr old has also developed a loose tooth. She is super thrilled and excited beyond reality should allow. But to be honest I'm super excited too. My wonder is how much does a tooth fairy pay? Is the first tooth worth more then the others? Since a molar is bigger does it have a larger dollar value then an incisor?
How much should a parent encourage these magical creatures we call the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, etc. and for those families who don't celebrate these holidays.....how do they explain them to their children why they don't have them but others do? I once read about a Jewish family's child who asked if Santa was real, the mother explained that it was something those children and their families believed in and their beliefs are important to them just as their own are important to them and it would be a shame to try to squash their beliefs.
It also must be a scary idea for a child to think someone or something sneeks into their room while they are sleeping and either take (a tooth) or leave something (chocolate or gifts). But as an adult we give the illusion that these mythical people are ok and we make it fun.
I've actually sucked it up and bought some chocolate eggs and new Easter baskets for this year. I suppose recycling chocolate eggs will be greatly reduced this year, which is a shame because it saved me money and time. Oh well......it was bound to happen sooner or later.