No Wonder We Are In A Recession

toothfairy Lily lost her first tooth last week. It produced quite the roller coaster of emotions for a five year old. You see in her Kindergarten class when you lose a tooth you get a special tooth necklace and your name on the bulletin board. So ever since the first of the year, Lily has been anxiously awaiting her teeth to come loose so she can join the elite group that is “kids who have a missing tooth.” So imagine my surprise when the first reaction to a tooth coming loose was sheer panic.

We weren’t allowed to touch the tooth, look at the tooth, offer foods that might lead to the tooth’s demise. And I really had to fight urges to hold her down and wiggle the thing. I know, isn’t that awful? But I just felt like my right and privilege as a mom entailed playing with that tooth.

Then in the most anti-climactic fashion ever, the tooth just fell out. Actually, Lily was eating Chex Mix and suddenly tasted blood. The tooth has never been recovered. Although I did a lovely job of scaring her for life when I told her it would just come out the other end. She was afraid of pooping for days. Talk about something coming back to bite you in the you know what.

So I put out an informal Twitter poll about the going rate for the tooth fairy. And let me tell you, it is highway robbery. I am pretty confident when I was growing up, we got a quarter. If we were lucky. Nowadays it is $1 minimum. And apparently the first tooth can command much more. $5 seemed to be the consensus among most (including a dentist friend of mine who I took to be an authority on the subject), but I heard all the way up to $20. Apparently you can also through in a BMW.

We caved and threw in $5. I was partly swayed by an adorable letter Lily made and cut into the shape of a tooth explaining that she was pretty sure she swallowed her tooth. Obviously the tooth fairy is a softy. And in need of some sort of bailout.


  1. Poor Lily. I swallowed my first tooth too. I was eating pizza. There’s one thing to watch out for. Warn her that SOMETIMES THE TOOTH FAIRY IS FORGETFUL. I’m so glad I warned Ethan of that. Because the second time he lost a tooth, I *ahem* the tooth fairy did forget. And then she came while he was in school. Whew!

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  2. We give quarters and the kids are thrilled. Even the oldest who knows all about coins vs. bills.
    Once we gave our oldest son three quarters when the Tooth Fairy was MIA for two nights. Oops.

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  3. I don’t know $5 seems like a lot. $20 is ridiculous!!! I think I got a dime most of the time. But then my StepDad was cheep. :)

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  4. LOL…I only got quarters for my teeth! Inflation has increased since then :)

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  5. Jamie says:

    Awww, that’s adorable that she made a little card for T.F.! My good friend left a dollar for her kiddo’s first tooth, and she also left a congratulations note under the pillow signed, “The Tooth Fairy.” When her daughter read the note the next morning, she asked her mom, “Why did the Tooth Fairy write me a letter on your shopping list?” lol

  6. My older daughter swallowed her first tooth. We substituted a white tic tac and wrote a note to the tooth fairy. The going rate for a tooth at our house is $1. Definitely a lot of inflation since I was a kid too!!

  7. Heather H says:

    The tooth fairy in need of a bailout – FUNNY!

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  8. My son flipped out when his first tooth was loose. He’s fine when they come out…it’s the whole wiggly thing that worries him! The tooth fairy ended up bringing him a toy instead of money. A little more expensive for us but made more of an impression for him.

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  9. what you missed out on was the true joy of tugging that tooth out yourself. i have found it my right…my privilege even…to wrap a piece of dental floss around the tooth and then “TUG”! it’s magic…pure delight! when that tooth comes out and sometimes even flies across the room. i’ve even been pegged in the glasses! LOL true story!

    i had the *ahem* privilege of popping my youngest 2nd front tooth out this weekend….oh the joy! tooth fairy…well she is down to the $2.00 mark and that is if and only if you truly believe! :)

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  10. I know it sounds totally gross, but I kept Sam’s teeth after they fell out. And I’m sure glad I did! I lost one he set on the counter while cutting corn off the cob (amazing how one kernel looks so much like a tooth). Back up tooth to the rescue (I didn’t inform him of this). He’s also swallowed one to never be seen again. :) I’m so with you on wanting to pin the kid down and yank it out.

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  11. My poor kids – they have been sorely deprived!

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  12. Just thought I’d let you know that I have a few friends who give a larger amount for the first tooth only (say $5), and then less for subsequent teeth (like $1).

    Otherwise, it can get pretty expensive. You are aware that they can lose more than one tooth in a week’s time. $2 or $3 is much more doable than $10 or $15.

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  13. Yep, we got a quarter growing up…am I’m sure I’ll be a HUGE softie when it’s Bubbalu’s turn to lose his first tooth.

    Daddy dentist may even bring it to the office to show off :)

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  14. We don’t do the whole “fat guy in a pink tutu raiding peoples houses for teeth” thing- LOL but we do offer the kids cash in exchange for their teeth. A quarter if Daddy pulls it. A dollar if they pull it. All of the kids who have lost teeth have pulled them themselves. :) Daddy has even been known to give a dollar to the kids’ friends who pull their own tooth while at our house. LOL

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  15. Oh my gosh! $20 for a tooth? I’ll superglue my little Beast’s teeth inside his head before I’ll pay that! Did poor Lily still get a necklace at school and a visit from the Fairy at home?

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  16. Oh by the way, Lily needs one of these headbands:
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  17. Awwww! I wrote letters to the tooth fairy when i was little too, but I think the going rate was a quarter.

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  18. $20 bucks for a tooth??? Are you kidding me? I got a quarter. LOL.

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  19. Jen@BigBinder says:

    My niece just lost hers, and being the third child, she told me very sadly that “The Tooth Fairy ditched her”. My sister in law made up for it the next night – she got $5. Hopefully when the time comes, AP will think the tooth fairy is funded by the school district or something, and since they live in a nicer area the TF can drop more cash there.

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  20. We have skipped the whole tooth fairy thing at our house, the first tooth you get a dollar and then after that your only reward is a permanent tooth! With 6 kids I would be broke if I paid out that kind of money! :)

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