the tooth fairy! guest blog post from a father’s point of view

Over a year ago, when my son was only five years old, he fell down and had to have one of his molar’s extracted because he cracked the tooth to the root. Ouch! I know… At the time, the oral surgeon said,”Don’t worry Dad, we put him out so he won’t remember a thing”. However, I watched the entire procedure, unassisted by any laughing gas or narcotics, and will never forget it!  That night our boy got his first visit from the tooth fairy. Because I felt so bad about the experience (that my son did not remember), I convinced the tooth fairy to give him $20. Today my six and a half year old son lost his two front teeth. These two did not go on their own accord either and needed to be pulled at the dentists office, lest he develop a second row of teeth like a shark. I was not there to witness the procedure this time, but at six and half, without being put under, it was no less traumatic for both my son and wife who watched this time. So once again the tooth fairy is paying a visit and our son is raking in the dough!

According to Wikipedia the origin of the tooth fairy dates a long way back to European and Norse roots. “In early Europe, it was a tradition to bury baby teeth that fell out. When a child’s sixth tooth falls out, it is a custom for parents to slip a gift or money from the tooth fairy under the child’s pillow, but to leave the tooth as a reward. Some parents also leave trails of glitter on the floor, representing fairy dust. In northern Europe, there was also a tradition of tann-fé or tooth fee, which was paid when a child lost their first tooth. This tradition is recorded in writings as early as the Eddas, which are the earliest written record of Norse and Northern European traditions. The reward left varies by country, the family’s economic status, amounts the child’s peers report receiving and other factors. A 2011 study found that American children receive $2.60 per tooth on average.”

I guess with the cost of inflation and a parents trauma the tooth fairy has increased her reward nearly tenfold in my house. One thing I can tell you for sure is that my son is proud to be missing his teeth and is smiling from ear to ear and showing off the empty spaces where baby teeth used to dwell. To get your child smiling check out our adorable Made You Smile t-shirt from Toobydoo and our fun Zoochini hooded towels, this is my favorite for a lost tooth. While this milestone is a right of passage for any child it is also a right of passage for any parent.

by david rosenberg

 

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