Little Not Lesser

Kids say the darnedest things, right? They can also spew some of the most thought-provoking truths. 


I’ve never talked down to children. I’ve had great conversations with kids of all ages. When I had my daughter, family and friends laughed at the way I would ask her about her day as she stared up at me bug-eyed. I suppose it did look a little odd, but I didn’t care.

My now 9-year-old daughter lost a tooth last night. She proceeded to bag her tooth and included a letter addressed to Tooth Mom and Tooth Dad. I asked her if this meant she didn’t believe in the tooth fairy anymore.

Without skipping a beat, she said, “Mom, I know why it’s so important to believe in the tooth fairy and Santa Claus. It teaches us to believe in the unseen.”

My jaw dropped. There was nothing I could add, she’d hit the nail on the head. Sometimes to get on a child’s level, we have to realize we aren’t necessarily going down a notch. We can learn from them. I now know exactly what I’ll be saying to my toddlers when the time comes to break the news about the beloved figures they’ve imagined a thousand times. And all thanks to a conversation with a kid.

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