I have a confession to make; the Tooth Fairy did not always come to our house when she was supposed to. And since I’m coming clean on this, I must admit there were times when she didn’t come for two nights in a row! Ugh.
Blame it on exhaustion, forgetfulness or the economy, when the Tooth Fairy doesn’t show up you feel like you’ve failed as a parent, especially when your kid is not handling the disappointment well.
This doesn’t have to happen to you, though! Or, if it already has, it doesn’t have to happen again. All it takes is a little pre-planning. Here are some great tools I learned from parents who never miss the Tooth Fairy’s visit (anymore).
1. Bury some treasure. As soon as your kid announces that their first tooth is loose, go to the bank! Stock up on shiny quarters, crisp dollar bills, or for fun and to mix things up now and then, a $2 bill or a half-dollar. Store the treasure in an unmarked envelope in your nightstand, so you’ll never be without. Kids have 20 baby teeth, and as soon as one falls out the others aren’t far behind, and you never know when it’s going to happen!
2. Time it just right. When the clock ticks bedtime tuck your child in, along with their tooth, then slowly back away from the room. As soon as the door clicks shut run for your alarm, then set it. It will not be easy getting yourself out of bed at midnight, I know, but you’ll be rewarded in the morning with one very happy child. And hey, if your kid actually falls asleep before your tired tush does, maybe you can do the switch before you go to bed. If that’s the case turn off that alarm and thank your lucky stars!
3. Start a new tradition. Have your kid leave their tooth somewhere other than underneath their hard-to-get-to pillow. How about the more accessible dresser? Or, while you’re at it, the very accessible kitchen counter. This way you don’t have to wait until they fall asleep to confiscate their tooth, and you’re almost guaranteed not to get caught! Your kid will not only learn that it’s okay to do things outside-the-box, but that the Tooth Fairy has a very good track record. In their house, at least.
4. Blame it on the Tooth Fairy. If all else fails and the Tooth Fairy still does not show up one night, get creative. Come up with a grand tale about what may have gone wrong in Tooth Fairyland. Or, better yet, ask your kid to get curious instead. One curious kid can come up with a grander tale than 100 adults, and it’s good for their evolving brains! Or, get my newest children’s book, Tooth Fairy, You Have Some Explaining To Do, and let the Tooth Fairy speak for herself. After all, she’s the only one who really knows why she didn’t come! For more on this book click here.
Denise Barry is the award winning author of the children’s picture books, What Does the Tooth Fairy Do With Our Teeth?. Soap On A Rope and Tooth Fairy, You Have Some Explaining To Do!.