5 Reasons I Hate the Tooth Fairy

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My middle child lost a tooth last week. Again. And I once again found myself rummaging through every drawer in the house at 2 o'clock in the morning, desperately in search of a dollar bill. I finally ended up digging a bill out of his sister's piggy bank and waking her in the process, wondering who on earth came up with this tradition of trading teeth for cash in the first place. I may be alone here, but I hate the tradition. Why?

1. It's expensive! Did you know that the average tooth fairy payout is $3 per tooth? That’s 60 bucks when all is said and done with their baby teeth. For my three kids, that’s 180 one-dollar bills I’ll need to shell out for this silly rite of passage. And that's if I want to be the cheapest fairy on the block.

2. I never have cash in the house. I'm the one who charges a $2 cup of coffee. Ever since the invention of debit cards, I've just never found a need to carry cash. Until now.

3. It encourages sibling lying. It's never a good thing when the older child knows something the younger ones don't. The balance of power is off and it can only result in trouble.

4. I have to remember something else! As if we don’t have enough on our evening plates with dinner and baths and assembling lunches for the next day and helping with homework and putting out school clothes and catching up on emails and a million other things, we’re expected to stumble into our children’s rooms and discreetly slip money under their pillows without being caught? On behalf of a mythical fairy? My sleep-deprived brain simply doesn't have the stamina to successfully carry through, I’m afraid.

5. I'll inevitably get caught. Come to think of it, that might be the only thing I like about the Tooth Fairy. Thank goodness she's fleeting.

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TKsMo... TKsMommie

The first tooth is worth $2 here.  Every other tooth is a dollar in whatever change configuration we can scrape together, the tooth fairy likes them to learn to count money.  You don't have to do average, you don't have to keep up with others.  Do what works for you, and get over worrying about what everyone else is doing.  

nonmember avatar Sarah

I have a little baggie that hangs from their door for the tooth fairy. It will make it much easier not to get caught when teeth start coming out!

coco_... coco_rose

My son gets $2 a tooth and it goes in a little bag or cup on his dresser. Before I go to bed Im the tooth fairy its not a big deal and if I somehow forget I say the toothfairy is busy you have to wait. Its not a big deal dont know what you are complaining about

amnew... amnewlon8982

The Tooth Fairy at Nana's house gives twenty dollars per tooth.  Yes my oldest is spoiled but saves and manages her money well...

Coles... Coles_mom

Our tooth fairy pays $10 a tooth.

gabe05 gabe05

My kids are ecstatic when the tooth fairy forgets because she is much more generous when the tooth spends an extra day under the pillow!!!  Problem solved.

mizkr... mizkriz73

I decided not to do the tooth fairy. I am glad we skipped it. I just had too much going on in our lives when our kids were younger. I did do santa and easter bunny thought. I just thought it was silly for the tooth fairy.

momof... momof1teengirl

And let the comments about horrible, rotten, terrible parents "lying" to their kids begin!  We dealt with the tooth fair -- remembering, sometimes forgetting, finding cash, all of the above.  In the great scheme of parenting, easy-peasy.  Easy answer -- if you don't "like" the tooth fairy, don't be the tooth fairy.  If you want to go along, deal with it and quit complaining.  If it is that big a deal, find a way around it, or simply tell your kids there is no tooth fairy. 

nonmember avatar Gretta

Seems like everyone hates everything these days.... And everyone is too busy to do anything. Sad, really.

2baby... 2babymomma

I love doing the tooth fairy for my daughter here its between 3 and 5 dollars each tooth. But I hate when parents these days complain about this kinda stuff I mean don't you think your mother thought it was a huge hassle too but she did it to keep a little magic in your life

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