This post came through my social feed by a friend who is deeply religious. If you ever needed an example of cognitive dissonance, this is perfect.
Understandably, kids will outgrow this belief of the Tooth Fairy, however are still conditioned (by their parents who are theists) to hold true to their religious/spiritual beliefs.
I find this fascinating. It made me wonder where the concept of the Tooth Fairy originated. It turns out that it quite possibly could have been over 1,000 years ago from the Norse tradition of using children's teeth as good luck symbols especially in battle. Instead of just taking them, they paid for them in a fun way. I imagine there were some entrepreneurial Norse who made a tidy sum on the molar market.
Having been raised in a churched family whose Christian faith could not, and would not, promote Santa Claus, and were taught to recognize the mythical fairy tale character, ol' Saint Nicholas, as the furthest thing from a saint, long before grade school, I understand this sentiment fully. As little kids, we all knew where our gifts came from, as well as who actually put the money under our pillows when we would lose a tooth. And our poor Mom had better not forget, or we'd give her hell the next morning! Having been raised in a faith that was narrow and exclusive in its doctrines, as opposed to being inclusive, made it all the more easier for me to eventually reject the last god standing.
I wouldn't deprive young kids the adventure of believing in fairies. As a child I would sneak a book under the covers at night and when I was put to bed and told to go to sleep I would enter my adventure land and read all about fairies. I turned out all right: sane, thinker, with a creative, artistic mind, and I'm here in this site.