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post #41 of 50
These posts are really interesting, and also remind me that I have been wanting to give some thought SOON to how I will talk to my young ones about money. I can't believe young ds is already three! Eeeks.

So we're a ways off from teeth falling out, but this is something I should probably chew on now. I am pretty sure when I was a kid I always got whatever coins were in my mom's change purse when we lost our teeth.

For things like Santa, we call it a game. We talk about santa coming and everything, but we also don't go out of our way to hide that it is us. But here is the thing that I am trying to figure out. It seemed when I was a kid that our family's traditions were always a little bit different than the norm. We didn't get presents under our tree from Santa. Santa filled our stockings. So when Santa would bring a friend a bike, it was always like "huh?!" for me. At Easter, the Easter bunny hid our Easter Baskets (I LOVED hunting for my basket early Sunday morning), not eggs. The egg hunts came later when we hid eggs we had dyed for each other. Oh, and our Easter baskets never looked like the neighbor's kids. The neighbors always seemed to get these *huge* sugar filled baskets that looked like the kind you see for sale in stores, wrapped in celeophane. Our baskets were small, beautiful handwoven baskets filled with the paper-type Easter grass, or on occassion, real grass (my mom planted it early), and with a few sweets but mainly small toys and books and stuff that my mom had lovingly selected for each of us.

Then I grew up, and had to figure out what to do for my family. Because we are foster parents, for years, we have basically found out the traditions of our kids, and tried to do what they were used to. But this year is the first year that we have kids with no prior traditions in other homes, and kids who are old enough to really get into the traditions. And I am finding myself really, really, really wanting to pass on the traditions we had when I was growing up. But I also keep remembering how awkward it sometimes felt to me to not have the same traditions as the neighbor kids and kids at church, and later kids at school. I was like, "Do we have the same Easter bunny or what?" Maybe that was just because my parents didn't call it a "game" like I do with my wee ones??? Maybe because my kids will know on some level that we just pretend there is a Santa, Easter Bunny, etc., they'll be able to accept those differences?

Anyway, that sounds like a bit of a tangent, but I guess I am wondering why else so many of us would want to know the "going rate" of the tooth fairy if we didn't have to on some level contend with what our kids will hear from others (by the way, to the poster who told her kid the real tooth fairy only carries coins, that had me cracking up...good thinking on your feet!). Also, I actually really like the "dream pearls" or pewter charms ideas, even though that wasn't at all the tradition in my family when I was a kid. But I keep thinking, won't it be weird when our kids are talking to kids who are getting money, and they are getting charms or pearls??

Am I making this too complicated?

I guess in short at this point I am considering two tooth fairy options for the future:
1. $1 coins (it does sound special) if I can get it together, and if not, whatever change I have around.
OR
2. Dream pearls or charms for a charm braclet or something (think I can get away with that with a boy, without subjecting him to teasing?)

Much more seems like too much for our family. We really try to minimize consumerist traditions. I feel like over $1, or a coin *plus* a book or small toy is just a little bit too close to like, a whole stocking or something. I am pretty sure they can save a few bucks for something to buy (great time to emphasize the value of saving), or that they can find something worthwhile at a garage sale for just $1-2. But that is just us. And who knows, maybe three years down the line when I'm considering this again, $5 will seem more reasonable.

Wow. That is a lot to think about. Sorry to ramble. Just trying to process this as I write it out.

Oh, and whoever mentioned the quarter saver, that is actually getting my wheels turning too...ideas...ideas...ideas.
post #42 of 50
For DD1 (the only one who has lost teeth, as of yet, but we will continue this for the others), we did $5 for the first one and $1 for subsequent teeth. We did have the tooth fairy way-laid for a night (mom forgot. Bad Mama), and she got a little toy (decorative hole punch) as well as a note of explanation (printed out on very small paper in pink writing). I think the note was the most treasured for my dd.
post #43 of 50
Oh my gosh! The small paper and writing is a great idea. I am imagining a magnifying glass activity as a result!
post #44 of 50
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Originally Posted by bec View Post
a note of explanation (printed out on very small paper in pink writing). I think the note was the most treasured for my dd.
That's a cute idea!

My tooth fairy notes where on regular paper and written in regular sized letters, but the writing was very shakey. She wrote and explained that the writing was shakey because she was too small to hold our great big pens so it was hard for her to write like that.
post #45 of 50
I really like the note idea, but ds1 knows our handwriting.

Tooth fairy leaves him a loonie & 2 quarters...unless I can't find a loonie, then it's whatever change I can find to make up $1.50.
post #46 of 50
We give a $2 bill for the first tooth, a dollar coin for the next one, and then a dollar bill for the rest. My oldest son has kept several teeth, deciding he would rather have them than get a dollar It is just so ---- him.
post #47 of 50
We give a toonie (canadian $2 coin).

To me, paper money wouldn't do it. It has to be a coin!
post #48 of 50
Hmm, I remember getting 25c per tooth and $1 per molar. I guess that would make sense since a molar is when the kid is older and would want a little more spending money?

When do kids start loosing teeth? 5 or 6?
post #49 of 50
We always got a nice shiny quarter. We are planning to give one dollar coins to adjust for inflation. A quarter doesn't go very far now a days....
post #50 of 50
$.75 is the going rate here in the house. I have a friend who gives her some the Gold Presidential Dollar Coins as tooth fairy money.
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