Sunday, 31 July 2011
It's inevitable that all children will lose their baby teeth. It's a sign of becoming a "big kid", a rite of passage. At summer camps and recess, children are often comparing what the Tooth Fairy left for them (I know I did when I was little!). Did she leave money? A note? A new toy?
As parents, it's our responsibility, if playing the role of the Tooth Fairy, to always be prepared. Just like the Girl or Boy Scouts, parents always have to be prepared. Part of this preparedness is knowing what you will do when your child starts to leave his or her baby teeth under their pillow. Will you sneak in while they sleep and carefully remove the tooth and leave behind money? If you leave behind money, how much will you leave? If it's the very first lost tooth, should you leave more then subsequent teeth?
No one ever said being the Tooth Fairy was easy!
We have yet to enter into this role. Our son is six and hasn't lost a baby tooth yet (and we've been assured this is fine), but I have started to think about it. When I was his age, I got a whopping twenty-five cents for a tooth. That's a quarter. That means it took me four teeth just to get a dollar! Back then, quarter machines at the grocery store were the coolest thing. You could get ANYTHING from them, and I would save my quarters for bouncy balls, temporary tattoos, candy, and jewelry. It was a gold mine when I cashed in. But now I'm seeing that the quarter machines these days need TWO quarters just to get anything good. So has the price of a tooth inflated with time? If I want my son to have the same experience I did, do I have to leave him fifty cents?
Friends of mine are leaving small gift cards so the child can go to the store and pick what they want. It's the same concept as money, but you can't find a gift card for less then five dollars. So they are seriously shelling out five dollars a tooth? It seems a bit much, if you ask me. Sure, it's easy to get under the pillow, but that's a lot of money for a tooth.
So what do you plan on doing? Money (and how much)? Toys? Gift cards? Nothing more then a note?