As ½ of a set of parents of two young kids, both of whom have lost teeth, I’ve had the honor and privilege of acting as Tooth Fairy numerous times. Unfortunately, the Tooth Fairy in our house is a little (okay! A LOT) forgetful and doesn’t always come on time. Talk about awkward when the kid wakes up the next morning, devastated by the fact that their tooth is still under their pillow and there isn’t any money left. In my “I’m a sucky mother” panic, I’ve come up with some crazy reasons on why the Tooth Fairy could have missed her most important date.
- The weather. It’s an easy excuse, used mostly during the winter months when it’s cold (how can she fly in the cold weather) or snowing.
- The tooth was hidden too well. You need to put it somewhere easy for her to find. She’s very busy and can’t hang out looking for your tooth all night.
- She must have gotten sick. She’s teeny tiny and with being around kids all the time, she must have caught a cold.
- You lost it too late. There was a time when my son lost it right before bedtime and I told him it must have been past the deadline for her to show up that night. .
I know I’m not alone. My niece lost her tooth the other night and my sister, being the tired new mommy that she is, forgot to put her Tooth Fairy hat on before bedtime. My niece was devastated the next morning. Instead of a happy kid, she was crying. To make matters worse, my niece had swallowed the tooth and my sister had her write this letter to the Tooth Fairy to explain so she could still get her money. Queue the mommy guilt!
On the occasions that we have remembered to play Tooth Fairy, there’s always the possibility of waking the kid up. My son likes to tuck that tooth into his pillow case. How the heck am I supposed to dig in there, retrieve the gross tooth, and then leave money in its place without waking him up? It’s virtually impossible!
What excuses have you used to explain away the Tooth Fairy missing a scheduled stop? Maybe you don’t participate in the Tooth Fairy at all? Take our Poll and share your Tooth Fairy stories in the comments!
About the Author:
Jen loves to read. She can’t stop herself. It’s become an obsession. She is in love with her husband, kids, iced coffee and books. Jen lives in beautiful Colorado but is originally from the West Coast.