I Ruined the Tooth Fairy for My Kid After Her Very First Visit

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tooth fairy bearWell, folks? Yesterday it finally happened. My 7-year-old lost his first tooth -- something we've both been anticipating for at least a year or so. I kept wondering when the hell it was going to happen since all of his little friends have already lost multiple teeth. The dentist assured me the reason he's such a late bloomer is because he cut teeth very late as a baby -- but now he's officially part of the toothless club, I guess.

And he's still young enough to believe in tooth fairy magic -- which I'm afraid could turn out to be a huge problem in our household.

You see ... I already went and messed up the whole tooth fairy thing on the first try.

I was so flippin' excited about my little dude's tooth coming out that I decided the fairy would pay big bucks for it ... you know -- to make a big deal out of it since it took so long for him to hit this milestone.

Yep. She left him a Jackson ... $20. For one stinkin' tooth. And you should've seen the look on his face this morning when he found it. It was like he'd hit the jackpot or something. And even though I explained to him that she only pays that much for the first tooth and not to expect $20 bills from here on out -- I can't help but wonder if I really screwed myself over with this one by setting the bar so high.

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Seriously people, what was I thinking? And where do I go from here? Please enlighten me ... what is the going rate for the tooth fairy these days? I'm thinking maybe I should take it down to $10, then $5, then maybe $2 or $3 per tooth after that? (But what if he's disappointed?)

Just to be on the safe side, I think I'll remind him at least 100 more times that he shouldn't expect a big pay-out when the next tooth falls out. His other bottom one is ready and rearin' to go any day now -- and I'm all out of big bills. Too bad he didn't lose both of the damn things on the same day, which would've made the $20 much more justifiable. 

How much does the tooth fairy leave your kids?


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nonmember avatar Taylor

My parents always paid 5$ for regular teeth, then 10$ for molars... 20$ was way to much but hey, live and learn right? Kids have to have some disappointment in tier lives so they live in reality when they are older.

youth... youthfulsoul

Yes you screwed yourself, they lose a lot of teeth. I've always left coins, not dollar bills, and usually no more than a dollars' worth.

Jessica Palmer

I only got a $1 per tooth. Kids have it good these days.



ashjo85 ashjo85

I'm 28, and I had a pillow that held a quarter. Singular. I think I may have gotten a dollar bill folded up for the molars.

jshep... jshep35061824

I give him 1 dollar per tooth, but I leave the gold dollars which he thinks is awesome.

2baby... 2babymomma

My 7 year old has lost 9 teeth so far and she got 5 for the first one and 3 for each of the others except the one time I didn't have any more ones cuz she lost 2 teeth in 2 days so she got a 5 for that one too

jec72579 jec72579

I paid my kids $20 for the first tooth, because it was such a huge first step. It was a "nice to meet you, I'm the Tooth Fairy, and we'll be working together for a while!"

And from there, every other tooth was $1.00. It didn't matter if it was a molar or front tooth, come on, who cares!!!

Hello07 Hello07

I leave like three bucks in the gold coins with some fairy dust

nonmember avatar Steven

An AP article was published in many newspaper's all around the country. It talked about he average price of a tooth today. The answer was just about $4.00. My strong belief is that paying such high prices, and $20.00 was not unusual, parents are missing the great opportunity that a lost tooth represents. The Tooth Fairy should leave not just money. She should leave a note signed "your friend, THE TOOTH FAIRY." Make the note what the child looks forward to not the money. Realize the Tooth Fairy is not like Santa. Every child has his own personal Tooth Fairy. That fact makes her a perfect vehicle for sending a communication to your child that does not come from you. I did this for my two girls and then 30+ years later made them into a book for them which they now treasure. I then went on to publish an album in which children can save their notes along with a photograph. This should make it much easier for the parents of today then it was for me. You can learn more about this by watching my YouTube interview. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtiDn5VJ1qo
Or going to my website:
Steven W. margles, M.D.

nonmember avatar Sarah

Pretty sure your kid is going to be an entitled brat (if he isn't already).

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