According to the article, they put the blame on a writer, Lillian Brown who advised parents that they would have an easier time getting kids to have loose teeth pulled if the "tooth fairy" left a small gift of 5 cents under the kids' pillow for each tooth lost. That was back in 1908.
What?! Almost $5?! Per tooth?! That's too rich for my pocketbook. My oldest (who is now 27) got a quarter. My youngest two get $1.
I knew a lady whose tooth fairy often "left" her kids' money on top of the dryer. Bahaha. Whatever they found up there was theirs to keep.
I was chatting with my dentist's receptionist a while back, who mentioned that some of their patients get a whole video game for lost teeth. We both agreed that was a little over the top. Especially if the kid didn't actually earn that video game. They received it for simply having accomplished a simple physiological milestone.
My kids have always known the truth about the Tooth Fairy. They still had fun with it, and were amazed how hubbie and I could manage to get the money under their pillow without them waking up.
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