When I was a kid my mom would put a book under our pillow when we were gone to school. A couple of times she left coloring books/crayons or a special workbook. We never got money.
When DD gets old enough to worry about it Ill probably be doing the same thing Mom did. Books or workbooks.. maybe a toy for the first tooth.
When I lost teeth, I would receive 4 quarters to put in this little bank called a "quarter saver". It was a long skinny tube that would stack quarters up until you had $25. I would get so excited to see them stacking up and then to take them to the bank to cash in to put in my savings.
I think the dollar coin idea is good. And the $2 bill one. When I was little I got 10p - that's about the same as 20 cents.
... oh yes and my fairy had a name and wrote me letters. I wrote to her too - and even ASKED for something different because I didn't care about the money, I wanted a golden ball!! She wrote that she couldn't carry the ball because she was so tiny so I'd have to make do with the coin!
Gone but not fogotten.
I'm afraid that I'll get bit if we started doing anything other than loose change... our kids haven't started losing teeth yet, but with kids three so far, I'd worry about the tooth fairy not having a book, or whatever she needed on hand. I'm sure she can always find some coins.
"There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death." -Isaac Asimov
we had a garage sale recently and ds 5 sold something, the guy gave him a dollar and my ds twisted up his face and asked the dude for coins instead.
If my DS ever loses a tooth in the U.S. I like the idea of leaving him a 2-dollar bill plus a dollar coin. I'd have to be prepared though--I don't know where you get those at 11 pm.
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.
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.
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a note of explanation (printed out on very small paper in pink writing). I think the note was the most treasured for my dd.
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.
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.
mom to all boys B: 08/01, C: 07/05 , N: 03/09 , M: 01/12 and far too many lost ones
When do kids start loosing teeth? 5 or 6?
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