How much should the tooth fairy pay?

IT'S the parenting dilemma every family will face: How much should the tooth fairy pay kids?

What is a tooth worth these days?

The Sunday Mail parenting jury weigh in. Cast your vote in the poll below.

ELISHA CASAGRANDE: I'd say a gold coin. I've heard of parents giving their kids' notes and I think that's a bit much.

DANI WESTPORT: The tooth fairy is a stupid idea. Why do we keep making up additional fictional characters for children?

Kids haven't actually achieved anything by losing a tooth?

Why do they deserve money? They haven't actually achieved anything.

Do we give a kid a prize when they get their first period?

ELISHA: My daughter is just starting to lose her teeth and she doesn't understand or value money enough just yet to know the difference between a gold coin and a note.

If she was given $2 she'd think it was fabulous.

NICOLAS BONASTRE: We never got money from the tooth fairy.

The French tooth fairy brought us gifts.

That's far better because for a young child money isn't exciting. Value is irrelevant.

Meet your Sunday Mail parenting judges Dani Westport, Nicolas Bonastre and Elisha Casagrande.
Meet your Sunday Mail parenting judges Dani Westport, Nicolas Bonastre and Elisha Casagrande.

ELISHA: I know my daughter would love a letter from the tooth fair.

Something very personalised like the letter from Santa idea, she loves that.

DANI: A letter for the first tooth would be nice. Maybe they should plant it with a seed in the garden and then watch it grow.

But again, I still don't think we need to even pretend a tooth fairy exists.

ELISHA: I do personally think it's a bit ridiculous but as it's such a small and insignificant part of their childhood, I'm happy to play along.

Got a parenting dilemma you want the panel to answer? Email: michelle.collins@news.com.au


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