After my daughter lost her first tooth, she thought she'd hit the jackpot.
Meanest Mom Jana Mathews: Thanks to a face-plant in our cul-de-sac last week (bike accident) and near constant wiggling, my six-year-old daughter recently lost her first tooth.
Her gums were still bleeding when she started fantasizing about all of the toys she was going to purchase with her tooth fairy money.
"I'm going to be RICH!" she sang as she danced around the house. "I'm going to need a truck to haul all of my stuff home!" Moments later, she was making a shopping list out of the Toys 'R Us circular.
"I want this and this and this and this," she chirped, as she circled objects with a black sharpie.
My husband interrupted her imaginary shopping spree with the news that the tooth fairy was on a budget.
"But Melissa got a bike and Danielle got a Wii and Lucy got 18 horseback riding lessons and Olivia got an iPod that you can watch movies on!"
Our daughter's precise accounting of the tooth fairy's generosity to her classmates at school clued us in to the fact that the going rate for a baby tooth was slightly more than the single dollar bill we were planning to place under her pillow. In the end, we took inflation and the current market value of enamel into account and gave her five dollars.
Still, we wonder: are we CHEAP or has the going rate of baby teeth gone through the roof?
What/how much does the tooth fairy leave at your house?
|Jana Mathews is the mother of "four under five" and the author of The Meanest Mom blog.|