What Do You Do When The Tooth Fairy Comes?

Kayli has been waiting and waiting for her Tooth Fairy. Finally, she has a really wiggly tooth.

When you have a really wiggly tooth, there’s just nothing else to do but prepare for your Tooth Fairy’s arrival.

Also, when you have a really wiggly tooth, there’s simply nothing else for your little brother and sister to do besides getting ready for their Tooth Fairy’s arrival. Even if their teeth haven’t even all come in yet.

Preparing for your Tooth Fairy’s visit involves paint and sparkles, impossibly tiny objects and a never-ending mess. Also? There’s magic.

Because I look at my sweet girl and see how very tall she’s grown, mature she’s become, and questioning she innately is, that magic is especially important to me.

My heart remembers when she was impossibly tiny. And how easily she believed in surprises and fairies, wonders and just becauses. And there’s a part of me, a big part, that isn’t ready to let go of magic quite yet.

So when she looks at me through those serious eyes of hers and asks, But what does she do with all of the teeth? Where does she go when she is not visiting children? How does she carry so very much? I tell her equally seriously, I have no idea. Every Tooth Fairy is different. And this one is yours.

What To Do When Your Tooth Fairy Comes

5. Invest in teeny tiny boxes, special paper, paint. And glitter.

4. Let your chid draw or paint what their Tooth Fairy looks like.

3. At our house, The Tooth Fairy will leave behind one silver dollar, a new toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. Also? Glitter and paint-dipped-fingertips-made teeny tiny fairy footprints.

2. We love the books Silverlicious by Victoria Kann and The Real Tooth Fairy by Marilyn Kaye. I adored The Real Tooth Fairy when I shared it with my Kindergarten class ten years ago. I love it even more reading it with my own children.

1. Have your child ask the Tooth Fairy questions. Tell her that you have absolutely no explanations and let the Tooth Fairy answer for herself in letter form.

My stock answer when kids ask me if I believe in the Tooth Fairy is, That’s something that some people believe in and some people don’t. What do you think? Alternatively, a firm yes is a perfect answer. Why not perpetuate the magic for just a little bit longer?

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Comments

  1. Love the beautiful pictures. She looks so much like you Galit.

    I agree with perpetuating the magic a little longer. Love the idea of tiny fairy footprints too!

  2. You are such an amazing mom. What lucky kids you have.

  3. Oh, I loved the Tooth Fairy! I miss that woman and the magic she brought. What an adorable post, Galit!

  4. Oh this post is so sweet, it makes me misty-eyed.

    Both of my children are past “belief” in the magic.

    I held on as long as I could. In fact, I suspect they knew even before we sat at a lunch table last spring and a child of a friend of mine announced the non-existence of all the “magical” creatures to everyone and an open discussion ensued. To my horror.

    At that point, we could hardly pretend anymore.

    But I know my kids didn’t want to let it go. And neither did I.

    Cheers to you for making these moments so special for your children. You will not regret a second of it when they are older.

    And looking for other magic in the world.

  5. Love this! It is funny because Principessa has lost several teeth already–and we thought that her loose front top tooth might come out while we were in Mexico. She made a big deal about leaving a note for the tooth fairy in her room to tell her where she could find us…just in case!

  6. I totally agree. It’s a wonderful thing to keep the magic going for as long as you can. And you’re doing a beautiful job of bringing that magic into your home and reliving it with your children. It’s beautiful to watch. Truly :)

  7. Wow! The tooth fairy does things right in your house. I’m impressed. The box for teeth is such a cute idea.

  8. I think the tooth fairy is even better than Santa in so many ways… no commercialization, no pictures… it’s all about imagination :)
    My son is in grade 1 and their class has a ‘tooth book’ – whenever someone loses a tooth, they take the book home, write what they think the tooth fairy does with the tooth, and draws a picture…. such a great idea!!

  9. I love the tooth fairy…I don’t particularly like handling Maya’s teeth though, as you may already know.

    “Silverlicious” is one of Maya’s favorites!!

  10. Soooo FUN!!! I can’t wait for my little ones to have this experience. August just read a book about losing a tooth and she keeps saying her back tooth is loose. She’s excited too:)

  11. I am disturbingly excited for my kids to start losing teeth so we can experience all this. I remember still the thrill of anticipation of trying to fall asleep with a tooth under my pillow and waking up to find a quarter there. HOW DID THE FAIRY NOT WAKE ME!!?!?! Where does she keep the quarter? What does she do with the tooth? Man, I was enraptured.
    Came from TRDC, as usual. :)

  12. We aren’t quite ready for the tooth fairy in our house yet (as my 15 mo old still only has 2 teeth!), however I love your ideas!

  13. TOO CUTE! I love your fun ideas, I’m filing them away until that time…

  14. So cute. And creative. I love it!

  15. I love this idea (and wish I had done this with my daughter when she lost her first tooth) Especially, I love the tiny fairy footprints. That is genius.

  16. A great reflection on the magic of childhood. Let’s not forget that we keep it going as adults. There are times when “life gets in the way”, but it is a choice to keep that magic. :)

  17. I am all for perpetuating the magic. God knows it is a fleeting time.

    Kayli asks a good question though – what DOES the Tooth Fairy do with all those teeth? It’s kind of gross to contemplate an enormous pile of teeth somewhere….

  18. Oh my… that might seriously be one of the cutest baby pics I’ve ever seen. What a doll!

    We’re nowhere near the tooth fairy phase (I don’t think), but these are some great ideas. I love the idea of leaving a toothbrush… and the little fairy prints… what a brilliant idea! Filing this away for future fodder…

  19. Jenna Zark says:

    Lovely post and photos! I think I still have at least one of my son’s baby teeth in a glass jar in his room. You have a great way for getting to the heart of things, Galit!

  20. So funny, my son lost his tooth yesterday! He just put out his hand and said, “Hey, Mom, just pay up for the Tooth Fairy!” I was really ticked…he soooooooooo, ruined this little moment for me. I looked forward to creeping into his room and putting a tooth under his pillow. So, squashed that moment. Loved this post so sweet and I am soooooooooo jealous :)

  21. The tooth fairy grinds up the teeth to make fairy dust right?

    The Tooth Fairy has only visited here a couple times, even though many more teeth have been lost. Turns out, Ms. Fairy can be a bit of a lush and has been known to *ahem* fall asleep before she gets a chance to deposit any money in exchange for a tooth.

  22. Very sweet! We had our very first (and second!) visit from the Tooth Fairy this year. I am very invested in making magic for my children. There is so much in this world that is too serious and there is nothing wrong with mystery, curiosity, and believing in the seen and unseen magic that is all around us. I hope you girl loves her first experience as much as my boy did. Looks like you all had great fun getting ready!

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