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The Master Manipulator

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

In the past week, my 6-year-old has lost 4 teeth.  She has trouble eating, and I just can’t help snapping a million pictures of her toothless smile and video taping her talk. I asked her what her classmates think of her new smile and she said “No one in my clath hath teeth.” The poor thing. 1st grade is rough.

The other night, I reached under her pillow to swap a tooth for a dollar and I found a note written on an index card that read: “This stuff is for you the tooth fairy. I love you. Love, Leli.” And, as if it couldn’t get any cuter, she drew an arrow at the bottom and wrote “Write back.” Her tooth was sitting in the middle of a bracelet with a toy flower, a button, and a bead. I melted. I took all of the gifts and wrote on the back of the card in swirly letters, “Thank you, Leli. You are so special and I love you.”

It seemed like the only thing to do, but when she woke up in the morning, ecstatic and dreamy eyed, I felt pretty guilty. She said, “If I knew what size the tooth fairy wore, I’d make her the prettiest little dress,” and I thought, What am I going to do when she finds out the truth?

What am I really doing when I forge a letter from the Tooth Fairy, or wrap the presents from Santa in different wrapping paper? Am I making her childhood magical, or am I setting her up for heartbreak?

I remember when I was in 2nd grade and my teacher told a boy in my class to stop telling the truth about Santa, because some kids still believe. I went home to my parents and said, “I don’t know why my teacher made it seem like he’s not real.” That’s when they broke the news, and that’s the first time I experienced the feeling of betrayal.

Not to get all dramatic, but  7-year-old me couldn’t believe that my parents (who I thought loved me) would lie to my face and make me look like an idiot. That’s really how I felt. So why am I doing this to my child?

Honestly, part of it is because I want to make the most of her innocence before it’s gone. I can be Santa, the Tooth Fairy, Mama, and best friend, until she’s around 12 when I’ll become Mom, and my only super power will be the ability to suppress and annoy her. But another part of it is that losing your teeth without the Tooth Fairy would be the pits. And wrapping gifts at midnight while she sleeps without the cookies for Santa would be unfair (whoops, that’s me again).

I’ve come to terms with the fact that one day, she’ll peek behind the curtain and find me — the master manipulator; but I’m determined to rack up as many smiles as I can before that day comes. Hopefully love will magically make her forgive me.

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Tooth Fairy Spending Flies High

Friday, August 30th, 2013

No longer just a mystical being, the tooth fairy has become a serious expense for families. A new survey from Visa shows that children are raking in an average of $3.70 per tooth, a 23 percent increase from $3 in 2012. That means a full set of 20 baby teeth goes for $74 these days.

Luckily, Visa’s free Tooth Fairy Calculator can help you determine just how much to leave your little trooper. Available for iPhones and iPads as well as on Facebook, the app allows you to enter several demographic factors, including gender, age and income, to see what the famed pixie is leaving at other similar households.

Though you don’t have to follow the app’s projections, it could be a great opportunity to teach your child the value of money.

When I was a kid, a visit from the tooth fairy always made the pain of shedding a molar worthwhile. Her offerings were greater than allowance because they appeared as if by magic. It made me want to hoard the cash even more to save for an extra special purchase.

Looking back, the tooth fairy sparked the saving bug that would later become so important in my transition to adulthood. A frugal fairy isn’t any less caring about the turmoil of losing baby teeth. She’s just more focused on making sure your guy or girl learns good spending habits for the future.

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“Mommy, tell me the truth: are you the Tooth Fairy?

Friday, January 11th, 2013

That’s the question I got at 6:15 this morning, after my 7-year-old, Julia, found four quarters under her pillow (quarters I only remembered to slip there at 4:35 a.m. when my subconscious woke me from a dream about her losing a top tooth).

Shoot. I wasn’t prepared for this. I stalled with, “What do you mean?”

“Are you the one that put the money under my pillow?”

My face got goofy. “I don’t know what you want me to say…” (As in, are you sure you want to know?)

She stared at me. “Yes or no!”

My face got goofier.

“That’s a yes,” she said.

I shut my bedroom door. “Okay, listen,” I said conspiratorially. “I am–but you can’t say anything to your friends, and you can’t tell Lila,” referring to her 4-year-old sister.

Her eyes bulged and she laughed. “You are?! You’re the Tooth Fairy? I knew it. I knew it!”

And before I could even begin to get sad about my little girl growing up, she said, “Wait. Are you everybody’s Tooth Fairy, or just mine?”

Love it! “No, honey, I don’t have time to be everybody’s Tooth Fairy.”

“So everybody’s parents are their Tooth Fairy?” she clarified.

“Yes. And remember–it’s fun to believe in the Tooth Fairy, so don’t tell your friends, and don’t tell Lila.” We shook on it.

Tell me, everyone who’s been in this position: How long until she connects the dots and asks about Santa? Please tell me there’s time!

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

In this dire economy, even the Tooth Fairy is pinching pennies
Getting the Tooth Fairy to pony up in this sagging economy has been like pulling teeth.

Missouri law bans some teacher-student contact on Facebook, other sites
A new law in Missouri that makes it illegal for teachers to privately contact current or former students on Facebook and other social networking sites is not a friend of education, teaching professionals told CNN on Monday.

9-year-old’s memory inspires thousands of charity donations
The 9-year-old who died shortly after trying to raise $300 for 15 people in need has posthumously surpassed her goal thousands of times over.

Parents are feeding babies too much salt: study
Processed foods like bread, gravy, baked beans, cow’s milk and canned spaghetti are contributing to a salt epidemic of mini proportions — namely among eight-month-old babies.

Facebook Lets Expectant Parents Add Their Unborn Child to Friends & Family
Expectant parents can announce the good news to their Facebook friends via a brand new Facebook family member status option.

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Visits from the Tooth Fairy Just Got More Fun

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

33b33a_3 Not that there’s anything wrong with the old money-under-the-pillow approach to leaving cash from the Tooth Fairy, but how adorable is this tooth pillow from Oeuf? I’m betting your child would love to find his quarter, dollar, or whatever the going rate for teeth is these days tucked away in this snuggly little molar. It could also cut back on the risk of waking her up while digging for lost pearly whites under the pillow, and can double as a fun plush toy.

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Friday, November 9th, 2007

News_image_newIs it wise to work out intensely during and right after pregnancy? New mom’s NYC Marathon victory has people wondering. Yahoo! News

A mother fights for diagnosis of her baby’s medical condition only to have her taken away.
Boston Globe

Surgery to remove 2-year-old’s four extra limbs is a success (video). Yahoo! News

Coaching by camera: A marine in Iraq watches his wife give birth via video conference.
Chicago Sun-Times

A mom’s guilt over playing the tooth fairy
. Washington Post

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Looks Like I Made It

Monday, June 25th, 2007

143129961_6636874602_m My 6-year-old niece just lost her first tooth last week and my mom decided to get her a diary as a gift “from the Tooth Fairy.” The sales lady scrunched her face in disapproval of my mom’s gift choice, risking losing a tooth or two herself. (My mom has got a mean right hook.) But what Ms. Snooty Saleswoman didn’t know is that my niece has been diary obsessed since her friend gave her a used one from a garage sale recently. My mom simply thought that my niece should have her very own, and the loss of the tooth provided a convenient occassion.

Now, at barely 6, my niece can pretty much write her name and maybe one or two other small words. But she dictates to my sister-in-law, who dutifully takes down what cartoon she liked that day, what time she went to bed, how many times my nephew bothered her, what her favorite animal of the minute is, and other important life-changing events in my her ever so adorable 6-year-old life.

This weekend, I got to thinking about the diaries that I kept as a kid. Depending on how you look at it, I was either very, very smart (possibly) or totally over-the-top neurotic (yup, more likely) because I never EVER wrote any secrets or potentially embarrassing things in there. Totally defeating the purpose of HAVING a diary, I know, but my innermost thoughts never got past my internal standards and practices committee. Even though my diary had a lock on it, I just knew my brother would steal it and read about how I’d just choreographed a dance (complete with costume and lighting ideas) to Barry Manilow’s “Daybreak” or something. Not that I … uhm … ever did that. Okay. So what if I did? Maybe I was a kiddie Fanilow. Well, laugh all you want, cause I was a smart Fanilow. Up until two minutes ago, at least, when I decided to go public and Manil-out myself.

So did anyone else ever self-edit their diary as a kid? If so, what would be one of the most embarrassing secrets you would’ve penned as a child … but you didn’t? And if you didn’t self censor, did anyone write something sacred only to have it exposed to the whole world by a snooping sibling or parent? Now’s the time to come clean, people. Don’t you all dare hold back on me. We’re Goody family, so there should be no secrets among us. Let’s have ‘em!

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An Inconvenient Tooth

Monday, June 11th, 2007

6631_3 Hats off. Really. Standing ovation for cosmetic queen, Sally Hansen. Talk about brilliant marketing. What does everyone want these days? Whiter teeth. What doesn’t everyone want to do to get them? Pay through the nose. (Parents magazine, in fact, reported in its June issue that in-office professional teeth whitening can run you anywhere from $400 to $2000. Holy molars, Batman!)

So if you don’t have a gold mine to polish up your grill, Sally Hansen may have just answered your prayers with a $7 solution. (And, hey, I just saved you roughly $1,993, people. But who’s counting, right?) I present to you the Smile Brightening Lip Treatment. Now to get your pearly not-so-whites looking more like pearls instead of the oysters they came in, simply apply a coat of this ingenious lip gloss. According to the packaging, it’s a mix of optical brightening pearls, cornflower extract, and borage (huh?) that helps create the effect and counteract the yellow hues of your stained chompers. Whatever it takes, Sally. Whatever it takes.

So go ahead and have that 83rd cup of coffee for the day, ladies. Want another pinch of chew? Enjoy! You’ve earned it. Go take a big dip in Lake You. Just remember to gloss up afterwards, and you’ll still be blinding your loved ones with your sparkling smile in no time. There’s even a yummy vanilla mint flavor in the gloss that will help freshen your breath. Oh, Sally. I can vanilla minty kiss you!

What other cut-through-the-bull beauty products, like this one, would you love to see? Besides stained teeth, what are your beauty Achilles’ heels that could use some covert covering up? C’mon. Don’t be shy. We’re all friends here.

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