Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Worst Tooth Fairy Ever

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We are the worst tooth fairies. Ever. Worst ever. I think we really are the worst ones in the history of people being tooth fairies. I know some of you are thinking that YOU actually get that distinguished title, but I am pretty sure it is we who win. I see comments all the time on Facebook about my friends claiming to be terrible tooth fairies. Let me assure you. We may have successfully exchanged tooth for money on the first night ONE time in our 10 years as parents. One. And that is being generous and assuming we surely pulled that off once.

Kaitlyn recently lost a tooth. She excitedly put her tooth under her pillow. The next morning--nothing. Oops. Not the first, second, or even third time this has happened. Luckily, it was a Saturday night she had put it under the pillow.

"Oh...the tooth fairy doesn't work on Sunday. She must have run out of time before it turned midnight."

Sure, that makes sense. 

Then the next night, we forgot. Again.

"Last night was Sunday again!"

This went on for a couple more nights...except it wasn't Sunday anymore. We had no explanations that made sense. Kaitlyn started to get very sad. We eventually made it, but not without making a little girl wonder why the tooth fairy wouldn't come.

We have many-a-time slipped into the room at 6 AM in an feeble attempt to play tooth fairy then. Um, that doesn't work by the way. The child wakes up and wonders what you are doing digging around under the pillow. We have "looked first" to see if the tooth fairy came since we were "so excited."

Just last week, Kaitlyn lost a different tooth. I helped her pull it out. I went to the sink and rinsed it off and lost it DOWN THE DRAIN. But in reality, that has only made my life easier because no tooth equals no child wondering when the tooth fairy is coming.

Brayden quickly was on to us. Very quickly. We just started secretly exchanging his tooth fairy money for the tooth as soon as the tooth came out. Oh yes, it is true.

Where did this tooth fairy thing come from anyway? I have been doing some reading around the good old reliable internet and found that the history is spotty and varied. It seems the tooth fairy as traditionally used in the United States is some merger of a couple of different mythological characters from various parts of the world.

I totally get the benefit of a tooth fairy. Pulling a tooth out hurts and it is scary. The child's mouth bleeds quite a bit. Having a fun thing to look forward to like a visit from a tooth fairy can definitely boost the courage of children and make them more willing participants in the tooth-loosing process.

But, to be honest, I just really like the "Here Brayden, you get a dollar" approach we have going and I am ready to introduce Kaitlyn to that secret club. Sidenote--I have always felt we are very generous with our one dollar per tooth payment plan. I would even say overly generous since I was paid a mere .25 cents. But apparently the national average three years ago was $3.70, and that figure goes up each year so we are no doubt terrible miser tooth fairies. A recent figure puts it closer to $5.00. Which just further bolsters my claim as being the worst tooth fairy ever.

I enjoy the magic of childhood. It is fun for them to believe in make-believe characters and my husband and I have no problem with that. I don't blame anyone who does (and I certainly am with you on the tooth fairy!). Why are we doing this to ourselves? Couldn't we just say, "Hey child! Look at you pulling that tooth out. Let's have a special dessert tonight!" or even, "Here is a dollar! Don't spend it all in one place." Then we can save ourselves the sneaking into rooms and trying to remember to play tooth fairy before falling asleep at night.

Do you do the tooth fairy? Are you successful? What do you pay? Any funny tooth fairy stories?


happyfamily said...

Oh man, we are wors than you, maybe. With our first 2 (twins) we had tooth fairy letters that we would type up. But, as they've gotten older, we've kind of lapsed. I think that we owe one kid for 3 teeth and one for 2. Their older brother (6), just lost his first tooth, and got his special letter, but I know from sad experience that we won't keep it up. Our girls don't believe in us so much that when our oldest recently lost a tooth she just went and threw it in the trash.
I think many of these traditions keep going because of societal pressures. I would love for there to be no tooth fairy. Our Santa is already pretty lame, and the Easter Bunny is way worse.

Valerie Plowman said...

I have got to just stop the madness with the tooth fairy.

Mrs. Jodi said...

So my oldest just lost her second tooth. We kinda set up a tall order for tooth fairy visits. The first tooth fairy visit came and left $.60 and a trail of pixie dust (glitter).
She only just lost her second tooth. She lost it on the night that she was going to back yard camp out with little sister and dad. So as a funny we put a note on the zipper of the tent that said "I know you lost your tooth but tooth fairies are too small to open a tent zipper, I'll come back tomorrow when you're back in your own bed- love the tooth fairy" She thought it was so funny and made sure to go to bed extra early the following night. Then tooth fairy forgot to visit. Ahh. She was so heartbroken with tears and we're so sad. Dad made up something. The following night the fairy came with extra pixie dust and $5 to make up for the lateness.
This is a bad start to tooth fairy's career in our household, we have 3 daughters total and this is only the second tooth of the first girl. I hope she gets her act together for the others. ;-)

Valerie Plowman said...

Haha--that is a funny story!

Stephanie Cisneros said...

Hi, my name is Stephanie I'm fairly new to your blog so maybe I missed this topic in your index, but I have a question about crying through nap time. My girl is 5 weeks old and she does not sleep regularly during the nap time of the eat, wake, sleep cycle. If we leave her to cio, she will simply work herself up to such an extent that settling is impossible. I refuse to let such a young baby cry for hours so I go in and comfort after 10-15 minutes, hold or rock until drowsy then put her down. Within 5-10 minutes she is crying and this pattern will last the entire 2 hour nap period until it is time to eat again. She eats, we have tummy time, then I lay her down and we do it all over, often going 3-4 consecutive cycles without a solid nap. Any suggestions?
Thank you

Valerie Plowman said...

I do have a post on that--here is the link:



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