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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What to do when you have a tooth fairy fail

We’ve all been there, right?

Child loses tooth.

Child puts tooth under pillow (or in tooth box).

And somehow amidst dishes, work, laundry, housework and watching the Rangers beat up on the Yankees (well maybe that’s just me), the tooth fairy messes up and the tooth remains and the money is absent.

So, what do you do?

I got some ideas from some friends on Twitter today. So here’s my top 5 things to do when you experience a tooth fairy fail:

1.  The tooth fairy doubles the loot when she is too busy to make it to a home one night. (via @Dinnersforayear)

2.  Sneak the money under pillow now and have the child look again. Maybe she didn't take tooth because she got a phone call in the middle; a tooth emergency called her away. (via @alisonzajac)

3.  Hide the $$ under the bed. Ask if she looked everywhere...when found...all is good. (via @laughingmomma)

4.  If your son or daughter still believes in an actual tooth fairy, it may be time to fess up.

This last one is how it went for us today since I don’t think Sarah has ever believed in an actual tooth fairy, but knows it’s just something fun for parents to do with their kids.  (This was not necessarily by design, but just how it worked out in our family.)

5.  Apologize and, if possible, use it as a spiritual training moment. 

Her dad explained that he has been stressed and worried about some work things and that like Ahaz that we have been studying this last week in our BSF Isaiah Bible study, he hasn’t been trusting God with it.  The consequence of which was him forgetting about her tooth.

Thankfully, we have a daughter who is just so easy going that she took it all in stride.  We’ll make up for it, but I’m also thankful that Mike didn’t miss the opportunity for the spiritual lesson along the way.

So… what funny or serious things do you do when you have a tooth fairy fail moment?  Come one… we’ve ALL had them.  Fess up!


Wendy said...

It's been years since I had to deal with the tooth fairy (my little ones haven't started losing their teeth yet), and I went with option #2. IF we get into that whole thing again, I'm going to do what you did. I definitely need to be more mindful to watch for opportunities like that.

Gayle said...

I've always told my kids that I have to place a call in so that she knows there is a "pick-up". hahaha!
So, if I ever forget... and Heaven knows I do, I simply just say I forgot to call.
As they get older, they tend to just put their hands out at that point though, as if to say, "the jig is up, Mom.. hand over the loot now." hahahaha!!

Kay said...

We were so bad at it and she was so old while losing teeth, that she finally just started putting the tooth on our dresser for us. And then we gave her the cash. Not a very fanciful transaction.

va_grown said...

This is hilarious--we just ran into this last month. It took our Tooth Fairy three days to get back from China.