Losing one’s baby teeth is a big deal. It’s a rite of passage for children. Their baby-ness is literally falling away and soon they will be a “big kid.” Use this opportunity to celebrate growing up by making the first tooth a special event. Here are some ways (neither complicated nor expensive) you can add a little magic to the experience.
1. Use a special coin.
Quarters and dollars may be a lot of money to your child, but they’re pretty mundane. Everyone has them. Spruce up the event by giving out a denomination that isn’t quite as common, like a half dollar or silver dollar coin. If you’re generous, give out a two dollar bill – those are conversation starters.
2. Send some correspondence before the tooth is lost.
When you first notice that your child’s tooth is loose, prepare a letter from the tooth fairy that “arrives” in the mail. In the letter, state what it means to lose one’s baby teeth and the significance of growing up. Make sure to remind in the letter that the tooth fairy will arrive the night after the tooth comes free.
3. Catch her in the act.
Snap a picture of your child while he or she is sleeping. Upload it to iCaughtTheToothFairy.com and receive a digital image that shows the tooth fairy herself in the middle of her transaction. Use this an opportunity for a lesson. Tell your child that the tooth fairy only lets herself be seen if the child behaves well for mommy and daddy.
4. Sprinkle some “fairy dust.”
Pick up some cheap party glitter and spread it wherever the tooth fairy may have traversed, like your child’s window sill, floor, or pillow. Make sure to get some on the coin or dollar you leave beneath the pillow. If you would rather not have the mess, sprinkle it somewhere outside and conveniently find it.
5. Write a letter from the tooth fairy.
Instead of just leaving money, write a letter to your child from the tooth fairy that praises him/her for good behavior and encourages more. All this requires is pencil and piece of paper, but you can be as creative as you like with stickers or drawings. Make sure to sign the tooth fairy’s name. There are also several places on the web that will help you customize letters.
6. Make it an official experience.
Office of the Tooth Fairy can help you provide a truly official experience. Purchase the kit online when your child first mentions the loose tooth. Place the tooth in the bag along with the completed certificate. The tooth fairy will collect your paperwork and add your child’s name to the records.
Written by Kim Webb, CEO and Founder of Rockin’ Green Soap
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