Warning: This post is for people with all of their adult teeth only! If you still have baby teeth, stop reading NOW!
Are they gone? Ok, good. Now let me ask you a question. Why are you still torturing yourself with sneaking into your child’s room and digging around under their pillow while they are sleeping like some dentally-obsessed ninja? It’s insane!
I remember the first time I played tooth fairy. My daughter was an early tooth-loser (which apparently is expected when your teeth grow in at 4 1/2 months), and I was not prepared. The good (?) news was she swallowed her first tooth (down the hatch with a hotdog at daycare), so I didn’t need to dig for a tooth. We penned an apology letter to the tooth fairy and stuck that under her pillow instead. Still, my heart was beating so hard when I tiptoed into her dark bedroom that I was sure the sound would wake her up. It didn’t, of course, but the stress was too much. After a couple more of these late night adventures, enough was enough. I needed a plan.
Enter: the tooth fairy distress letter. I put the below poem into my daughter’s little rinse cup in the bathroom, and my tooth fairy anxiety was over. The tooth fairy’s request was as good as gold, beyond questioning, and incapable of having its terms negotiated. Please, by all means, feel free to use my method with your own tooth-losers.
Dear [Child’s Name],
You lost a tooth! Good for you!
Now here is what you need to do.
Brush it clean, shine it up,
and drop it in this little cup.
It’s hard for me to fly around
And dig through pillows ‘til it’s found.
So many kids are losing teeth.
I don’t have time to get much sleep.
So, could you please do me a favor?
It will be a real time-saver.
Put the cup somewhere that’s stable,
like in your kitchen or on a table.
Thanks for helping – you’re the best!
This will help me get some rest!
The Tooth Fairy