It's one of childhood's biggest "firsts," right up there with first steps and the first day of school: Losing your first tooth. But, just like all those other major transitional moments, this rite of passage rarely goes according to plan. The worst is swallowing it in the middle of the night (what am I gonna leave for the tooth fairy, bwaaaa!!), but close behind in agony, at least for my kids, is that phase when a tooth is so wiggly kids can barely eat or talk -- but it's not QUITE ready to fall out.
That's basically the point Easton was at in this video. And not only was he about to lose his first tooth, it was his first day of first grade!! WHOA! Too many milestones at once! Easton's parents knew it would be better to get the tooth thing out of the way before their son went off to school that morning -- otherwise he'd never be able to focus in class. So ...
They came up with a genius plan, and if you've got any wobbly-toothed children of your own, you should send Easton's parents a thank-you note, because this will make your life so much easier!
Here's what they did: Tied one end of a string of dental floss around Easton's wiggly tooth, tied the other end to a remote control monster truck, and gave Easton the controller.
Zoooooom ... pop!
And done! Smart, right? For two reasons: As with most firsts, the anticipation and the not-knowing are the hardest parts -- with this method, you're done in a snap; also, by giving Easton the controller, his parents also gave him a feeling of power and autonomy he would NOT have had if anybody else yanked it for him.
Looks like it's worth a shot, right? I would definitely show this video to my kids before trying the same thing!
Has your kid lost any teeth yet? What was the first time like?
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