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August 4, 2017

We have been at this parenting gig for a while now, a handful of kids over a handful of years and we have learned a few tricks and definitely had a few licks. I don't normally offer a lot of parenting advice, I truly think everyone should parent how they want to parent. You do you and I'll do me and we can meet in the middle for drinks. But tonight I'm going to break my rule of not "telling you what to do". This is a hard and fast rule. I repeat, this is the one rule you should never ever break. 

Don't ever give money from the tooth fairy. NEVER. EVER. Even though you really really want to, don't do it! Learn from my mistakes......you all need to gather round and listen to my story. 

Now we have had many of missing teeth around our house. We have placed crisp one dollar bills under their pillows and waited with excitement the next morning. We did this a couple of times, maybe even the first 4 missing teeth we nailed it every time.  A happy child woke up every time with a sweet new smile and money to spend. Then it seemed like the tooth fairy kept sneaking up on us. We had a couple times where I almost got caught and had to wiggle my large at the time pregnant self into a bunk bed and pretend to be waking my child up in the middle of the night just to snuggle him. There has been times where we forgot all together and had to lie to our sweet disappointed children faces about how tooth fairies can't fly when it is raining, or snowing, or that since they are so small they probably got heat exhaustion and are recovering at home with their mommy and will most likely feel better by the next night. There has been times when we forgot but thank goodness the child wet the bed and while we are stripping sheets it magically got thrown on the floor. Or the time when I forgot and pulled the always a favorite "they won't come if your room is to dirty". Clean room and buys you some time. Double win. Now as my children have gotten older they have started to take precautions. Cleaning their room before they go to bed, not drinking water before bed so they don't lose it when we strip the sheets, and they have even taken to writing detailed notes all around the house so there is no way the tooth fairy can get lost. So pretty much at this point the tooth fairy has to deliver.  

So here is where it gets tricky. We started with crisp dollar bills sprayed with glitter......oh yes glitter. So now they all have to be crisp dollar bills with glitter or better. OR BETTER. We have a lot of kids who are watching this awesome tooth fairy and are expecting greatness. The problem comes in that often we aren't prepared.  Now yes I could run to the ATM to grab some cash but we live in a small town that doesn't have an ATM and the closest town although not far is absolutely to far to drive at 3 in the morning when I wake up in a panic and remember that I have forgot. We have had to get creative when it comes to the tooth fairy. We have used a random $2 bills that my husband had randomly in this sock drawer, we have taken one for the team and used a $5 when one time we thought we were prepared but my sweet husband didn't have his contacts in and grabbed the wrong bill. There was also a time when I woke up at 3:45 and it was snowing so I couldn't go to town....not that I would anyway, and I rummaged though my wallet and my husbands only to come up empty handed but thankfully I remembered that in a random box of things from high school I had a silver dollar that my track coach had given me at graduation. Now I really doubt that Mr. McFall reads this blog but if he does I'm sorry I had to sacrifice your silver dollar but I promise it went to a good cause.  Now side note if you had to use a silver dollar from high school graduation make sure you children can't read or feel free to use that "Graduation 2002" is "tooth fairy" in special tooth fairy language and 2002 in the number of visits he has been on. 
We had a nice long stretch there of winning there for awhile when it comes to the tooth fairy. My dad thought mine silver dollar panic was funny and gave us a role of gold coins to use. And that worked great! But then my kids got into a pirate phase and we started leaving the coins randomly around the house cause we thought it was funny that they thought they were finding pirate treasure, and we ran out.

So here is where my advice....rule comes in. When planning for children I suggest you add tooth fairy gift to the list of all the big decisions. START SMALL like maybe a piece of gum, we all have a random piece of gum in the bottom of our purse. I mean we won't eat it but our kids will! Or raisins, right now I have 2 half eaten containers of raisins in the back of my pantry, I won't eat them, but my kids would! If food isn't your thing then stick with notes. Don't get fancy stationary because eventually you will run out and one kid will get a fancy letter and the other kid will get chicken scratch on the back of an envelope and there will be tears. Use something you will always have.... like toilet paper! You will always have toilet paper and paper is paper. Man I wish we would of discussed this when we were planning our family. 😊  

So what I'm trying to say here is start out small, if you absolutely have to use money start with a penny, and absolutely no glitter. 



Otherwise you will be painting a dollars worth of coins with glittery fingernail polish at midnight. 
All in the name of motherhood I guess! Cheers! 💜  


 
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