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Tooth fairy going rate

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edited May 2015 in School-Aged Children
My son lost his first tooth today and caught me by surprise. I asked him how much money he thought the tooth fairy would leave him and he said 2 gold coins (There is a YoGabbaGabba episode about the tooth fairy and that is what he gets.) I happen to have a few Gold dollar coins so I left those but I'm not sure if I could keep that up (I mean there are 20 baby teeth) or only do that for the first tooth and then change it later. What do you do?
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  • We've been giving $1 for each tooth. I wanted to spray the dollars with glitter spray so it had more of a tooth fairy effect but I completely forgot and she lost her first tooth. The gold coin is a super cute idea!! :)
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  • If you want to keep up the "gold coins" tradition, you can buy a roll of them at your bank.  My FIL has a tradition of giving each grandchild a golden dollar at every visit.  He just picks up a roll of them every so often.

    Around here the tooth fairy brings $2 for the first tooth and $1 for subsequent teeth (unless she forgets -- yikes!)  This was fine until my kids got old enough to compare notes and understand money.  DD had a friend who got $20/tooth!!!  I was ready to call those parents up and complain about the bad precedent they were setting!!
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  • Thanks ladies! I picked up a roll of Gold dollars at the bank the other day. I'm ready for the next 19 teeth! :)
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  • My DD also told me that the tooth fairy brought gold coins. I think $1 a tooth makes sense and I work for a bank so it's easy enough to stop at the branch and get the dollar coins.
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  • My daughter said a gold coin as well...we leave her change; lots of coins. Now she calls it treasure. Lmao
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  • Our kids aren't losing teeth yet, but my niece is getting $5/tooth.
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  • My son (6) lost his first tooth about a month ago. We thought he would get coins as well. We gave him $5. He was ecstatic
  • What a cute idea using the "gold coins".  We gave $10 or the first tooth, and $5 for each one there after. 

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  • Love the gold coin idea! Definitely doing that! Also @jesslynnw90 I love the glitter idea too!
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  • The gold coin idea is super cute! We have 2 kids, the amount of money is always changing, but they usually get roughly a dollar in change. They practice counting money that way. However I don't enjoy pulling their teeth out so if they pull their own tooth they receive a little more. Lol I once forgot!! Yikes that was sad, and I told my son the dog probably scared the tooth fairy away. I felt guilty and gave a bit more the next night and started setting an alarm as soon as tooth is out for 11 or later so I can't forget or fall asleep and miss it.
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  • We give a gift for the first tooth, and whatever we have for the rest.  Sometimes it's a $5 or $10, sometimes a $20.  DH thinks it's important to be equal, so he gives the little sister the same amount for "being a good brusher".  
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  • $20/a tooth????  



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  • $20/a tooth????  
    I know, right?  I was horrified!

    I am SO excited because my youngest kid, who is 12, lost his FINAL baby tooth this summer.  FWIW, he has known that the tooth fairy is me for a while now, but I told him I would still allow him to extort a dollar from me every time he lost a tooth.

    Don't get me wrong, I was a pretty good tooth fairy when he was 5ish.  But of all the imaginary creatures I've had to pretend to be, the Tooth Fairy is the one I find to be the hardest. I can't tell you how many times I've forgotten to do her job over the years.  Ugh.  I finally just told my youngest to stop putting the tooth under the pillow and just ask for his dollar.  I couldn't take it anymore.  I'd rather be Mrs. Claus any day than the fairy.  I'm a really good Mrs. Claus.  When I get those Santa presents under the tree, you would SWEAR that Santa was real. The tooth fairy just stresses me out.
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    DD, born 9/06/00 -- 12th grade
    DS, born 8/25/04 -- 7th grade
    vibarra27
  • DD got $20 and the boys got $10.  lol :blush:

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  • I have two kids that are both losing teeth at the same time. They each get $1/tooth. DH gave them each $5 for their first tooth and then the Tooth Fairy wrote a note that explained that was a one-time thing!
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