Advice From a Retired Tooth Fairy

It’s hard to believe that my tooth fairy days are over. All four kids have now lost all of those little baby teeth, and we’re moving on to the next phase of mouths full of metal braces. Where has the time gone?

I always prided myself on being an intentional tooth fairy. I have to say I was pretty good at it. I think I only passed out one night without remembering to fulfill my duties. Not bad with four kids all basically the same age constantly losing teeth for years.

Here’s some advice in helping you on your intentional tooth fairy journey:

  • Decide on what your currency of choice will be and stay consistent. I decided to give a $2 bill or two $1 gold coins, to make it special. As a tooth fairy rookie, I even scattered gold glitter from the windowsill to their pillow as I was caught up in the excitement, without worrying about making more clean-up work for myself! That was cute but short-lived.

  • Make sure to go to the bank and stock up on your currency of choice. I was alone a lot of nights with the kids when their dad was traveling for work, so I couldn’t rely on what I might have in my wallet at any given tooth loss. I don’t know how many times my kids talked about someone at school getting a $20 bill for their tooth and why did they only get $2 when they live in the same neighborhood. It was very baffling to them. I laughed inside knowing exactly why that child received that big bill. There was no intentionality with that tooth fairy!

  • Have a special tooth fairy pillow and storage box. I am big on tradition and consistency so all of my kids used the same gold silk pillow at night. I think they will always remember that little pillow and equate the $2 bill to their tooth fairy days.

  • Put a reminder under your bed covers as soon as they lose their tooth! Whenever my kids lost a tooth, I went to my closet right away to retrieve the pillow for them and get out the special box where I kept all lost baby teeth and my stash of $2 bills. I would put the box right under my comforter, so when I pulled down my covers at night I would see the box and remember to put my tooth fairy wings on! I can’t tell you how many countless times I would’ve forgotten if I hadn’t done this!

I have heard some families that just tell the kids to flush their teeth down the toilet and don’t bother playing this game. I don’t know what my problem is that I couldn’t even fathom doing that. I mean what will I ever do with these little tins of their teeth? But, to me they are such a reminder of how far we’ve come in our family journey. These little teeth are a little glimpse into the past and of a fleeting childhood to me.

The kids started just leaving their lost 12-year molars laying around the house and rarely even mentioned losing them. Maybe it’s because they know the tooth fairy personally now and no longer feel like playing the childish game. Or maybe the $2 just isn’t worth the effort anymore. Or maybe they just don’t even remember to do it with everything else they have going on in their busy little tween lives.

I do know that I feel blessed to have been able to play this little role with them. It’s sad to think that it’s already over and that I have been thrown in to what I feel is early retirement. Take time to relish these simple little times because they are short-lived!

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