My daughter is 14 now, and she is obsessed with keeping her room perfectly neat and organized. But when she was a little girl? Not so much. Too bad I never got creative about it like mom blogger Non-Stop Mom, who came up with what is probably the best way to get her kid to clean her room that we've ever seen.
When her daughter Emily lost a tooth, NSM saw it as an opportunity to multitask. So she wrote Emily a note in the voice of the Tooth Fairy that was recently shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page (though it was originally penned in 2013). In the letter, the nocturnal little fairy explains she was unable to exchange Emily's tooth for money because her bedroom was, well, a mess.
"I came by tonight to retrieve your tooth and leave you payment," she explained. "However, I had a horrible time even getting to your bed safely. Once there, I was unable to locate the tooth pillow due to the amount of pillows, blankets, and bodies in your bed."
Hilarious! And NSM didn't stop there.
"I will have to come by on a different night," the "Tooth Fairy" added. "Perhaps you can take the time between then and now to properly clean and organize your room. I bet if you ask your mother nicely, she will even help you to do it."
So brilliant! But did it work?
"The answer to that is yes. And no," NSM wrote in a follow-up blog post. "The room is not clean by any stretch of the imagination, but they put in a good effort. So I may go ahead and allow the Tooth Fairy to come back tonight... However, considering that it's after 11:00 and I can still hear them, I may cancel it again tonight."
Using the Tooth Fairy to do the parenting dirty work = genius. And while I may have missed the boat with my daughter, my son is only 10, his room is a disaster, and he's still got a few baby teeth left.
If you need me, I'll just be over here counting down the days until the next one of those suckers falls out!