Monday, January 23, 2012

The Tooth Fairy

My youngest daughter lost her first tooth yesterday morning. It was rather anti-climactic. When the older children lost their first tooth, there was a bit of excitement and maybe some tears when there was a bit of blood involved.

This time though, my "I'll do it myself" kid came into the kitchen and said, "I don't believe it. My tooth fell out." That was it. No need for hugs from mom. No need for a cold wet cloth to bite. Not one tear.

So, last night we got out a little bag (leftover from a party we went to last month) and carefully put the very tiny tooth in it. It went under the pillow and this morning she woke up to...apparent disappointment. Yep, she seemed to think that two quarters was not up to the Tooth Fairy's reputation. Turns out, she was expecting a toothbrush and a bit more cash.

So now I'm looking for ideas. I'm not into upping the ante for a demanding child. I refuse to be played by a six-year-old. However, I'd like to be creative about this and offer something that makes this right of passage a memorable event.

I read a clever idea on the internet this morning. It involves a note from an international tooth fairy and coins from other countries. I kind of like that. Although it will require a bit more work on my part, I think it might be worth it.

So, now I'm open to suggestions. How have you handled the Tooth Fairy at your house?


  1. When I was a kid, my mom put a dollar under my pillow. I think it was the excitement of getting "real" paper money that did it. Maybe try that next time!

  2. Isn't that funny? Kids are a riot. Luckily, we're past the tooth fairy stage at our house. At least you didn't forget altogether! I think a couple of times the fairy forgot to even stop at our house. Whoops.

    Stopping by from Etsy Blog Team

  3. Reid once got some rupees from the tooth fairy, for obvious reasons. He was not amused, though, since he wasn't in India to spend them.

  4. Lisa, I think Reid and Janie are related!