Ah the tooth fairy/Easter bunny/Santa Claus conundrum. Do you do them? How do you do them? But probably most importantly, how do you break the bad news?
On the other hand, what do you do if they figure it out for themselves?
Dad-of-three Fahd Ahmad recently took to Twitter to share the story of his brilliantly sneaky nine-year-old, and how he eventually caught the tooth fairy.
Just learned our 9y/o did an experiment on us. Lost tooth, told no one for 3d, kept tooth under his pillow. No $. Then he tells us he lost the tooth, next night there is money under his pillow. Then confronted us with his scientific evidence that the tooth fairy isn't real.— Rogue Dad, M.D. (@RogueDadMD) 23 April 2018
"Just learned our 9 year-old did an experiment on us," he writes. "Lost tooth, told on one for 3 days, Kept tooth under his pillow. No $. Then he tells us he lost the tooth, next night there is money under his pillow. Then confronts us with his scientific evidence that the tooth fairy isn't real."
We are loving it. Ahmed continues to say that his son is quite scientifically-minded, and we're not surprised.
He wants to be a robot engineer. Invent a robot that takes care of poor people. By printing them money or something— Rogue Dad, M.D. (@RogueDadMD) 24 April 2018
"He's an inquisitive kid, thinking his own thoughts," Ahmad told Mashable. "He's got sort of a scientific mindset naturally."
Ahmad had an inkling that his son was suspicious about the tooth fairy, and had mentioned that one of his teeth were loose.
As it was a molar, his parents didn't see it for three days, giving the mini-scientist plenty of time to conduct his research.
"Normally I would ask about it, but I didn't really push him," Ahmad said.
But the inquisitive kid isn't stopping there- he's already made his plans clear to track down the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus.
He already told my wife he has plans to decide if the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus are real, so definitely major problems coming! On a semi-serious note, I've always wondered if believing in Santa etc as kids leads people to doubt the existence of God later— Rogue Dad, M.D. (@RogueDadMD) 23 April 2018
His genius plan came with one flaw though; “I think he lost his future cash flow, which is something he probably didn't anticipate.”
This kid is going places, and Twitter agrees.
Oh man I have bad news for you because this is roughly how I trapped my parents about Santa Claus and I am still an atheist with trust issues.— Jacqueline Coleman (@colemanjackie) 23 April 2018
The last time the tooth fairy visited me (8yo?) I wrote a letter stating that “due to the current economic climate and the rate of inflation, the fair market value of my tooth has risen significantly.” Take it from me: you’re gonna have your hands full with that one— Annie Banannie (@TraumaAddict) 24 April 2018
Oh my gosh...kids are crafty! One of my daughters "confirmed" the lack of a tooth fairy by writing her initials on the dollar bills in my purse before she went to bed with a tooth under her pillow. She confronted me in the morning and I had NO defense. LOL Kids....sigh...LOL— Mary (@minil2016) 24 April 2018
He's a logical thinker who needs proof. What a star! You should be proud.— Lisa Board | Bunchy the Budgeteer (@BunchyBudgeteer) 23 April 2018
We can't wait to see what kind of traps he lays out for the Easter Bunny!