When I visited friends this past weekend, the first thing their son Nick did was open his mouth widely and point out an empty space on his gum. He lost a top baby tooth, and he was so proud. When I asked the standard question, “Did the Tooth Fairy leave you a dollar under your pillow in exchange for your baby tooth?”, Nick replied with a firm “Noooope!” that ended with a wide grin across his face. I was a bit surprised. But, seeing the happiness spread out across his face told me his parents made this tooth-losing occasion memorable in another way. Read this enlightening article and learn how you too can make losing a baby tooth a special, loving experience!
I was raised up that Santa Claus brought my Christmas presents, the Easter Bunny brought me a basket full of goodies every year, and the Tooth Fairy gave me a dollar for every baby tooth I lost. My parents got a big kick out of making up stories about these mythical beings… and watching my eyes grow big as they told the tales. They indulged me and let me enjoy the magic, and I appreciate that to this day. Yet, the twinkle in their eyes and silly grins from let me know these beings are imaginary. So I never took their stories seriously.
Nick’s father has a different view of the world. He doesn’t believe in telling his son about Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. And that’s fine. Ken did, however, figure out how to make losing a baby tooth a special, loving experience.
Instead, of simply pulling a dollar bill out of his wallet and slipping it under Nick’s pillow, or just giving it to his son, because he lost his first baby tooth, Ken put his creativity to good use. He used a brown paper lunch bag and a marker. On the front of the bag, he drew an animated picture of a tooth. The tooth had arms and legs, and a mouth and eyes on its main body. It was grinning and waving with one hand. Underneath the adorable picture, Ken printed something like, “Hi Nick! I heard you lost one of your front baby teeth. To honor this special occasion, inside this bag is a small gift I chose especially for you! Love, Daddy”. How’s that for originality? Nick sure had something unique to tell his first-grade class when he went to school the next day.
How to Make Losing a Baby Tooth a Special, Loving Experience
On one hand, it kind of puts the rest of us dollar-stashing-Tooth-Fairy-pluggers to shame. But I’m not embarrassed because I followed the traditional route with my own son when he lost a baby tooth. I’m so impressed with this idea, though, that I may use it for my grandkids. As a way to make them feel especially loved and care about.