The other night as Cason and I were watching another hilarious episode of The Modern Family, a specific story line really got me laughing/thinking...
"What's with the 'Tooth Fairy' lately?"
What do I mean by this? well, let me start from the beginning.
When our twins were in kindergarten, they each lost their first tooth (same one on the same day actually), then Emberly lost another the first few weeks of first grade...
... and Jocelynn didn't. As you can see below, we cried a LOT about it that night.
Maybe it's a twin thing, maybe it's a sibling thing - maybe it's just a Jocey thing, but either way, I could tell that losing teeth around here was going to be an emotional journey.
A few weeks later, Joceylnn lost another tooth.
Losing teeth is a funny thing. Some kids wiggle and yank teeth out as fast as they can, once they realize there's even a hint of them being loose, and others hang on to those wobbly, weird, wonky teeth till they can't hang on to them anymore.
Twins will be twins, but Emberly is a yanker-outer-er and Jocelynn is a hanger-on-er-er.
There are crying fits and tears E.V.E.R.Y time Jocey is on the verge of losing a tooth. I can't figure out if she gets scared, nervous, anxious about WHEN the actual tooth will fall or just overly dramatic...and no amount of coaxing helps to convince her to just pull the darn thing out!
Jocey was exceptionally freaked out to lose her first big FRONT tooth and was babying it along for a good week as it just hung on by what seemed like a single root. Luckily we had dentist appointments lined up at Little People's Dental, with Dr. Stewart (our most favorite Pediatric dentist EVER) and surprisingly, Jocey was totally THRILLED to have HIM pull her wiggly little tooth out.
What's THAT all about?
There were no tears, hardly any nerves, and afterwards when I asked her why she was okay with Dr. Stewart pulling her tooth out and not me or Dad, she responded with,
"Oh Mom, it's because he's a REAL doctor and so I knew it wouldn't hurt me."
Guess who's convinced that ALL of her teeth now need to be pulled by Dr. Stewart?
Needless to say, little miss #3 was feeling really left out of all the "teeth losing drama", and only a few days later, wigged her NON-wiggly tooth completely loose.
I sense some competition going on here, and feel that my little girls are starting to look more like jack-o'-lanterns than kids; which I love, because toothless pictures are the BEST to look back on when you're all grown up, am I right?
Cason and Aubrielle Facetiming anyone who would pick up, to show and tell them about her new gappy smile.
So back to my original question...
What's with the Tooth Fairy?
I grew up with the belief that $1.00 per lost tooth was the going rate, and that's what we have now decided to give our kiddos. Maybe that seems cheap to some, but let's get real, at 5 and 6 years old, what are you going to "need" with much more than a dollar?
This being said, something took me totally by surprise the other day, when I caught wind from one of my twins that the Tooth Fairy is bringing other kids at her school fun presents, MUCH bigger bills and even tickets to events around town, as reward for those lost pearly whites.
>>>insert stunned, Mommy-doesn't-know-what-to-say and Daddy is rolling his eyes, moment here<<<
I don't mean to offend, but SERIOUSLY? Why so much?
Have some of us forgotten how MANY teeth dwell in a little human mouth?
Yowzers! I'm about ready to pull my OWN teeth out to get a few of these new 'Tooth Fairy Perks'!
My kids are now talking about tickets, toys and ten dollar bills... and I thought an occasional glittery dollar, for a 'special font tooth' was cool.
Fortunately our girls understand that "OUR" Tooth Fairy only leaves a dollar per tooth (that they can later buy something with from somewhere like the dollar spot at Target), but now I'm wondering...
How do YOU do the Tooth Fairy?
or just lost teeth in general?
Are Cason and I just old school, cheap parents? Has the price of a tooth really increased THAT much since we were kids? Is losing teeth at your house as emotional and competitive as it is at ours?
Parenting is confusing and weird sometimes.
Who would have thought 7 years ago that I could fill up an entire post on my blog about lost teeth and Tooth Fairy politics...