A recent survey lays the Tooth Fairy's financial habits bare -- according to Delta Dental's annual poll, she offered kids over 15 percent more money per tooth last year than she did in 2011. (HuffPost Business explains what this may mean for our economy.)
But can a nation's relationship with one of its most prominent magical celebrities be measured by sterile statistics alone? We think not. When it comes to evaluating the Tooth Fairy's role in modern life, it clearly makes more sense to look for insight in the words and pictures of our youngest citizens. (We feel the same way about a wide variety of other topics, too.)
The following sample, collected from the HuffPost Parents community, is far from scientific, but we suspect it accurately reflects a prominent trend in Tooth Fairy correspondence: everyone just wants to make a deal.
The Response Requested
The Kid Who Thinks It's Christmas
The Instruction Manual
The "Twilight" Special
The Importance Of Being Earnest
The Haggling Win
The Illustrated Edition
The Deluxe Illustrated Edition
The All-Purpose Excuse
The Open Letter To Fairies Of All Varieties
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Forced Baby Bomb
Ok, so sometimes it's hard for babies to bomb photos by themselves.
Full Moon Baby Bomb
That baby is just begging for attention.
Crying Baby Stroller Bomb
"I had to watch this whole boring marathon."
Creepy Toddler Bomb
The eyes say it all.
Rolling Toy Bomb
If you are going to photobomb, you should cheese adorably.
Car And Bikini Bomb
The baby is her stand-in model.
Scary Baby Bomb
That's a pretty big (fake) gun for a baby.
"Let's go swimming! Stop taking pictures!"
Old-Fashioned Baby Bomb
This has to be one of the first.
Baby From Below Bomb
Ruining perfectly good cleavage pics is just one of the many services he offers.
Perfect Baby Bomb
The best way to improve boring, old lectures, hands down.
Meta Baby Bomb
Can you photobomb yourself? Contemplate this and get back to us.
"Mom, are you taking pictures of your butt again?"
Sneak Attack Bomb
Making birthday dinners at the Cheesecake Factory weird since 2009.
"Mom, that site doesn't even exist anymore."
Baby And Hammer Bomb
We're just going to assume this turned out fine.
Exhausted Toddler Bomb
He just wanted that shoe.
Sneaky Carseat Bomb
Sad Toddler Bomb
She just discovered what cameras are.
Perfect Mirror Bomb
Look behind her shoulder.
Serious Baby Bomb
They're trying to be cute, but he's cuter.
Kissing Baby Bomb
You might be focused on the TV bomb, but the little baby in the back takes the cake.
Kiss Baby Bomb
"Hey, no fair!"
Running Baby Bomb
This baby is living life to the fullest.
Without the baby, this is a pretty boring picture.