The following is by Simple Kids editor Kara Fleck and originally appeared July 2010.
Our oldest child, Jillian, is eight, which means that we’ve had a little experience with the Tooth Fairy lately. The loss of a baby tooth and the arrival of the Tooth Fairy is a much celebrated thing at our house – and a tradition that I’m glad to see holds as much magic on this side of childhood, too.
In fact, my daughter loves visits from the Tooth Fairy so much that she recently did the “door trick” all by herself when a wiggly tooth just wasn’t falling out fast enough. Determined that the Fairy was coming that night, and undeterred by my protests that it might hurt or be a little bloody, Jillian carried on tying her tooth to the door knob and then slamming the door (she’s much braver than her mother). Success!
Now, the magic hasn’t been without its close calls. A time or two the Tooth Fairy has been caught empty-handed when a tooth erupted too close to bedtime (luckily, the Easter Bunny and Santa are generous with their gift stash).
Once the (obviously over-worked and very tired) Fairy completely spaced out and forgot to come! She made it up with a sweet note and an extra token the next night. We certainly hope that she has learned her lesson.
My daughter has a special tooth pillow, one that my Mom gave her which was made by my Great-Aunt Annie. That little tooth shaped pillow has carefully protected generations of teeth until the Tooth Fairy’s arrival.
In this pocket you will find
A teensy, tiny tooth of mine.
So while I sleep where
dreams are made,
Let’s see if you
can make a trade.
In this pocket I will lay,
the little tooth I lost today.
Please, dear fairy,
tonight as I sleep
leave me a coin.
My tooth you can keep.
When I was a kid, the Tooth Fairy left us quarters. Today, typically at our house a tooth is exchanged for marbles, pretty beads, quarters, mini-nail polishes, hair barrettes, or a new tooth brush.
I’ve shared with you a little about our family‘s Tooth Fairy traditions. Now, let’s talk. I’d love to hear what your Tooth Fairy traditions are.
- What does the Tooth Fairy leave in exchange for the pearly whites at YOUR house?
- Does your child have a special tooth pillow?
- Know any tips or tricks for encouraging a wiggly tooth that is hanging by a thread to break free?
- Has the Tooth Fairy ever missed her date at your house? How did she make it up?
Other than a dimple in a cute little chin, What’s more adorable than a toothless grin?
~Azu “Betty” Espezia