Tooth Fairy money

Christina - posted on 03/24/2010 ( 54 moms have responded )

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My son lost his 1st tooth today.... And ive been thinking about what would be an appropriate amount to give him..... soooo What did you give your child for their teeth??

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Jen - posted on 04/01/2010

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We did $20 for the first and $10 for the rest, but only if they are good teeth, my kids know the tooth fairy only pays top dollar for beautiful white teeth so they brush them really well! Also we sprinkle a little fairy dust (glitter) around, I got that idea from a friend and thought it was cute!

Jamie - posted on 03/27/2010

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I totally agree with you, Tina. Rebecca is getting a lil crazy with the whole Tooth Fairy debate. It's magical, innocent, and wonderous for a child. Fine, tell your children about greenhouse gasses, polution and all of the things destroying our planet, but let them have their childhood too. Why be difficult? Why the BIG DEAL?

Tina Marie - posted on 03/26/2010

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my son gets $1 for all teeth and my daughter will as well....not to mention we do something fun and special for him. but this whole debate that rebecca seems to be trying to create is a little rediculous. this page is in fact where mothers ask for ideas and advice and getting upset because someone states their opinion is a little childish. alot of mothers believe in "magic" for their children. I believe that a child's imagination and innocence is very magical and it is very "real world". if a child doesnt have this then they in fact have grown up way before they should have. i see nothing wrong with my daughter's imaginary friends or my son being a believer of ficticious characters. the glow that lights up my children's faces is a magnificent feeling for me and their step-dad. they know the difference between make believe and real. but they also know that all our holiday "characters" our very special....i allow my kids to believe they are real and thats ok. afterall what exactlly is wrong with a child believing???

Erin - posted on 03/26/2010

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my oldest just lost her 1st tooth, the tooth fairy brought her $2 attached to a certificate cangratulaing her on the loss of her 1st tooth. she will probably just get the $2 for the rest of her teeth

Ricki - posted on 04/04/2010

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my partner gave our son 20 dollars for his first tooth and then we have been giving him any where between $2 to $5 dollars for his teeth

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We gave our daughter $5 for her first tooth and then 3 days later when the second one came out, she got $2 for that one. Probably will be $1 for each one thereafter. We tried to convince her if both came out at once that the toothfairy might sweeten the deal - but she wouldn't let us get it out, even though both were barely hanging on to anything at that point. She proudly came to us 3 days later and showed us she pulled the second one out all by herself. =)

Shelby - posted on 03/30/2010

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I gave my 7 year old 5 dollars for each big front tooth he lost and $2 for the rest.

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Well my husband give our son $50 for his first tooth! Since then he know recieves $20 per tooth. Our tooth fairy is very generous. lol

Amanda - posted on 03/29/2010

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I think that becuase it is the first lost tooth maybe do somthing special. Maybe a small toy or somthing like that. I did that for my son and he thought it was super cool! After that usually 50 cents or $1. I allways write him a note from the Tooth Fairy too!

Heidi - posted on 03/29/2010

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The first 4 teeth were worth $10 each and each tooth after that is $5.

Terri - posted on 03/29/2010

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My kids get $1 per tooth which is enough, especially when my 7 year old son just lost 3 teeth last week lol. We use the tooth fairy because it made them less scared bout the teeth coming out. We hang the tooth up in a little bag under our fairy ornament. And I love the look of joy and anticipation on there faces when they check the bag.

My eldest is 8 years old and still believes in Santa and I love the magical time of year at easter and xmas when they get so excited.

Wat I dont like is people who tell their children "the truth" and spoil other childrens magical beliefs when their children feel the need to pass on their wisdom. A kid did this to my sisters son and spoiled it for everyone. I remember the magic in my childhood and I wouldnt change it for anything.

Samantha - posted on 03/29/2010

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i always have always will give them a pound for each tooth.i no people who give their kids a fiver which is a bit extreme...

Kell - posted on 03/28/2010

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$2 if its a weekday and $5 if its a weekend
i also keep their teeth in a box....no idea why tho lol
a friend of mine got her kids to plant a tree when they lost their first tooth...thought this was a great idea as well

Kimberley - posted on 03/28/2010

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Here is an interesting idea...instead of money which can be talked about at school how about leaving him a toothbrush,or a special kind of toothpaste etc because lets be honest where does that money usually go towards treats and we like them to keep thier teeth healthy less of a cost in the long run and they might be pleasantly surprised with thier little gifts instead of money. Children at school might think that is awesome as well!!

Kelly - posted on 03/28/2010

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I gave my daughter £2 but I tell her it depends how clean her teeth are the tooth fairy gives £2 to the children with the best teeth. x

Jessica - posted on 03/28/2010

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My daughter got 5$ for her 1st tooth and 3 for her second tooth she hasnt lost anymore but when she does it will be either 2 or 3 dollars

Rebecca - posted on 03/28/2010

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My daughter just lost another tooth the other day also....usually she gets between $1-2. I think that the first tooth was $5 because it was the first one...

Michelle - posted on 03/28/2010

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Kima you are going to go broke if she does like my son and loses 8 at the same time wow you are one rich tooth fairy.....not that I think you are wrong I think it is funny I am sure for most of us the tooth fairy brought a quarter so all our kids are making out quite well in the tooth fairy money department

Heather - posted on 03/28/2010

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Gave my girl $2 for her first and then $1 for each one after that - you have to make the first one special.

13/4/10 - after posting this, by daughter has lost 2 teeth within a week. Great timing!

Helen - posted on 03/27/2010

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I started off at a quarter, eventually raised it to 50 cents, then to 75 and now that my daughter is 9 it's up to a dollar.

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE your idea Shelley! Books are great gifts for anything - we even give our kids books as "just because" gifts (as the kids call them). :)

Stacy - posted on 03/26/2010

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OOH Shelley, I LOVE THE BOOK idea! My daughter LOVES to read. I mean I got her some extra "homework" books or activity books and I got the HUGEST hug and thank you. So now I guess I will need to decide...unique coinage or book. Hhhmmmm. That is going to be a tough one.

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The toothfairy doesn't bring money to our house--she brings books--and not time has my daughter questioned it.

Liz - posted on 03/26/2010

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I gave each of my 3 kids $2 per tooth. When my oldest started losing molars I gave him $5 each. At that point they are older and can save some money to buy something for themselves.

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We do a shiny $1 coin per tooth. It seems more special because they're not something you see everyday. At 6, I don't think the $ value is as important as the "special" factor. The bigger issue in our house is that the kids want to keep their teeth. They get freaked out that the tooth fairy will take it away when they get their surprise. We wrote a special note to the tooth fairy asking her to please leave the tooth. The delivery always gets a little fairy dust (glitter) and a coin and the tooth STAYS. ;-)

Rebecca - posted on 03/26/2010

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and come on, tooth fairy parties???? i am glad that pile of rubbish designed to just sell more stuff and have kids competing for who had the best tooth fairy party hasn't hit my country yet, and i hope my kids will be past the tooth fairy age before it ever does -- or even better, i hope that idea NEVER becomes a reality here!!!

of course kids eyes light up for special occasions, but in this instance it is nothing to do with any real magic and everything to do with competitive behaviour and consumerism, which is destroying our planet by the accumulation of waste (see the movie 'the story of stuff' if you don't know what i mean).

Rosemary - posted on 03/26/2010

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One dollar for regular teeth, Five dollars for molars( they hurt more) make sure you keep that first tooth in a special place for the future, when your older you'll be happy you did

Jamie - posted on 03/25/2010

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My kids get $5 for every tooth. I agree with Stacy-let them be little, let them experience the "magic" and "wonder". I cried when my daughter was told at 8 yrs old, by her aunt, that Santa wasnt real. They already want to grow up too quick, don't push it along any faster!

Stacy - posted on 03/25/2010

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I don't think here is where we should debate tooth fairies or any other childhood figure. To answer Christina's true question, I have talked to many kids and I think every family has to make their decision of how they approach these mystical moments in our child's life. You know your family best to know what you can do and what you can't. You know how you would like to raise your children. I can tell you that I have been to a kids' party that had the tooth fairy visit. I will NEVER forget how those kids acted when she arrived. The questions that they asked. That childhood innocence was definitely evident! The joy each one of them had as they shared their own experiences with her. Some children got money of various denominations (coins or bills), others got toys or trinkets that they were interested in. No matter what just be prepared because there were others that apparently missed out but got it a night or so after but obviously did a great job explaining the mishap as the child still was a believer. I would never want to keep my kids from experiencing all that they can as children. We are adults for way too many years and only kids for a short while. I, myself, will be giving my daughter something like a few Mom's have mentioned a 50 cent piece would be spectaculiar or one dollar coin. Some sort of coin that is special and unique that she won't find in my wallet to instill more authenticity to the ever amazing Tooth Fairy. We never did that with our two boys but they are from a split household. One that wasn't all that smart and one that only cared for themselves so much that my second son missed out on the Tooth Fairy altogether. His biological Mother forgot or so she says and swapped out the tooth for money in the morning and woke him up during the transfer. You could tell that he missed out and was sad. He would tell us about friends from school and what not. It broke my heart. The other thing was that the other household treated it as if it was a competition on how much they gave the boys. Anyway, it might not be fair that my daughter won't be getting what the boys got but she will hopefully remember the special coins that she will get and do the same for her kids some day.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

Erica - posted on 03/25/2010

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my girls each got $20 for the first tooth and $5 for each tooth after, somewhere along the way i only had $1 in the house on a toothfairy night, so i left that and she was just as thrilled as she was with the 5 and 20. so now it is a $1 per tooth.

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Our daughter is 7 and we give $1 in quarters or half dollars. Then 1/2 she gets to put in her "spending" jar and 1/2 goes in her "saving" jar. She can spend her money in the spending jar any time she wants on any thing she wants. The saving jar money however, is set up to save for specific goals (her last one was to pay for 1/2 of her Nintendo DS and she did it!). Right now her specific goal is to save up for spending money for when we go to Disney Land this summer :)



Oh, and she also gets allowance ($5 per week and she does chores) and it's the same rule, as is any money she earns from helping her grandparents (they pay her $1 per day of helping) and any money she finds while helping to clean the house (ex: couns in the couch cushions and stuff like that) - 1/2 in each jar, unless she wants to put more in her saving jar, that's fine :)

Rebecca - posted on 03/25/2010

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thanks Jada, i have a real problem with this tooth fairy thing -- i think it is silly, however my daughter has her first loose tooth and has already heard from other children that is what happens, so she is expecting money -- and she does not really think it is the tooth fairy.... she knows it would be from us (cos she knows santa and the easter bunny aren't real -- she figured it out).

i don't have a problem with imaginary beings bringing presents (unlike Elizabeth) .... i think pretending is fun and when my 6 year old figured out there was not santa etc she didn't feel lied to because we just explained that we were pretending because pretending is fun ... and we told her not to prick the 3 year olds bubble ... but i think the holidays of xmas and easter are big traditional holidays worth of having pretence and imagination over, whereas i think the loss of a tooth is really nothing of the sort.

the tooth is gonna come out any day now and i am still undecided what to do. better have this conversation with my husband ASAP!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/25/2010

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Good for you Jada! That's what I wanted to do when it came to all the tooth fairy, easter bunny, Santa Clause stuff. I wanted to be honest and tell my sons that there isn't any of that, but all my in-laws were so angry with me about "ruining" special childhood memories that I was over-ruled. I believe that if you want to have honest relationships with your kids you need to be honest too... That's what I tried to explain to them that this would base our trusting relationship on lies, and that really it would be easier and kinder to be honest instead of deceitful but again I was over-ruled.

Jada - posted on 03/25/2010

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i give no money....we dont have a tooth fairy, and my kids are the type that see money as something to earn (thankfully). what i do, is show them where i keep their baby teeth, let them put the tooth in the jar with their name on it, and let them decide what they would like for lunch or dinner (depending on when the tooth was lost). its special...but not something to celebrate.

Debbie - posted on 03/25/2010

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Wow, my husband is right - I'm cheap. I only gave a dollar and it was one of those gold dollar coins when they lost a tooth. I got upset with him the other day since my stepson (who's 12) lost a tooth and he got $3 but then my daughter (who's 8) only got $1. I was the one who put the money for my 8 year old but I didn't realize how much he was giving our 12 year old.

Melissa - posted on 03/25/2010

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I gave my son $5 for the first tooth because like Nicole, I didn't have change and it's the first one so it was special. Thesecond one was also $5 for the same reason. The 3rd - 5th he got $3 each. He's an only child (so far) so I spoil him.

Lisamarie81m - posted on 03/25/2010

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I was always given a 50 cent piece, and I would like to continue that with my boys. My oldest is 6 1/2 and he hasn't lost any teeth yet. He told me the tooth fairy gives out pennies I laughed and said yeah. But kids do talk and he mentioned his friends at school getting dollars or $5. I think that is just too much

Jessica - posted on 03/25/2010

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My kids always get $1.50, usually in quarters. But they figured out the "tooth fairy" was me a long time ago, so we don't even bother with the pretense anymore. They show me their tooth, I give them the money. Sometimes they ask if I want to keep the tooth, but I just throw them out. My sister used to have a box on her dresser filled with her kids' old teeth. ICK!

Nicole - posted on 03/24/2010

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This is kinda funny, I have three boys and my first son got 1$ per tooth, as my 2nd son started loosing teeth, the first one came by surprise, I only had 5$ and no change and it was way to late to go out. I had to give him 5$. So I said to him, I think the two front teeth are 5$ because they are bigger than the rest, my older one was over the tooth fairy so he was fine with it. Good luck :)

Shelley - posted on 03/24/2010

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5 $ for the 1st 2 for every one after. When he compares notes at school he will start seeing how everyone does it a little diffrently

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