Ok folks, let’s settle this once and for all: What is the going rate for the Tooth Fairy? My 6 year old, Leila, apparently has her own set of rules, which states that $1 is just ok on some occasions, with the exception of the following occasions which calls for at least double or triple that amount:
1. Teeth that fall out at Grandma’s house
2. Teeth that fall out on a holiday
3. Teeth that take more than 2 weeks to come out.
4. Teeth that bleed excessively when they fall out
5. Teeth that fall out after she has cleaned her room
6. Teeth that fall out from the top.
She lost her first top tooth a couple of weeks ago and the tooth fairy left her a shiny, crisp $1 bill. I would’ve done back flips for that amount in my day, but apparently, she was not at all impressed. That next morning, she was shocked at the fact that she did not get at least $2 for that tooth since it was a top tooth. (Side note: my response to her was “well, maybe it’s because you didn’t go to bed early and the tooth fairy ran out of money by the time you went to bed.”) She wasn’t buying it, but I thought she’d gotten over it already when I find this note she left weeks later addressed to the tooth fairy.
Excuse the spelling errors, but basically, it reads the following:
Hey Tooth Fairy,
When I lost my top tooth, I’ve been wondering why did I only get $1? I thought that when people lose their top tooth, they get a lot of money, but I didn’t. Why?
So now, where is this magical tooth fairy rule book my daughter has been reading and how can I get a copy?
I later found out that one of her friends at school got a pretty hefty payout from the tooth fairy with her lost tooth. And by hefty, I mean FIVE dollars. Her mom explained that it was one of those evening where dollar bills were not easily accessible. It kinda reminds me of that episode of Modern Family where Lily lost her first tooth and the tooth fairy left her $100 dollars by accident. Nonetheless, my daughter insists that these are the official tooth fairy rules and wants to know why the tooth fairy did not abide the other evening.
So readers, tell me…what is the going rate for the tooth fairy in your home?