5 Ways to Be the Best Tooth Fairy Ever

5 Ways to Be the Best Tooth Fairy Ever

Don’t want to be one of those “forgetful” tooth fairies? We can help.


Betsy Voreacos

It’s happened to the best of us. It’s 11 p.m., you’re all snuggled in your own comfy bed, and your stomach lurches. You’ve suddenly remembered that your kid has lost another tooth (or worse, her first tooth!) and you almost skipped your Tooth Fairy duties! So you get up and head down the hall to fetch the tooth, only to realize you have absolutely no cash to slip under the pillow! Has the Tooth Fairy ever left an IOU, you wonder? Here’s how to always be prepared – and even add a special touch or two.

  1. Stock your own secret Tooth Fairy bank. Hide some small bills or coins in a bag (or even a sock) in your drawer before you need it. But don’t dip into your stash for emergency lunch money without replenishing it!
  1. Make the Tooth Fairy note notable. Encourage your kids to leave the Tooth Fairy letters to which she can respond. Use this as an opportunity to teach letter-writing techniques and practice fun and fancy penmanship. Buy a special pen or marker and some pretty stationery to use solely for the purpose of writing your replies “in character” as the Tooth Fairy.

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  1. Create a special tooth holder. Decorate a small plastic container with stickers, make a special tooth pillow, or donate an old ring box to the cause. Having a designated container for collecting teeth will make the late-night search under sleeping heads a whole lot easier for you and more fun for your little one.
  2. Remember that money isn’t everything. Maybe that IOU isn’t such a bad idea after all! Think about fun things the Tooth Fairy can offer instead of money. Certificates for a movie together, a special meal, or an inexpensive toy are other ways to celebrate this rite of passage.
  3. Know when the jig is up. Nothing lasts forever – especially not the innocence of childhood. And when the moment comes and you get the inevitable, “But Mom, you and Dad are totally the Tooth Fairy, I knew it all along!” go ahead and embrace it. And embrace your child, chalking it up as one of those bittersweet milestones. Then go raid whatever funds are left in your Tooth Fairy bank and feed the hole in your sad soul with a nice chocolate bar! (Just be sure you brush well afterwards, of course.)
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Betsy lives with her family a stone’s throw from New York City. An overly involved mother of three children, Betsy has always been acutely aware of her shortcomings as a parent, not to mention those of her children. She documents her life in the brutally honest Old Minivans Die Hard.

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