13 April 2009

I need your guidance

So First-born son lost his first baby tooth the other day. He went to bed, tooth tucked carefully under his pillow, and once he was asleep we went to replace it with some cash and my wife and I realized to our horror that we were fresh out of money! I had a $20, and that was it (and we agreed that $20 was way too much to pay for a tooth). Eventually we scrounged around and found a $5, which we thought was still a bit much, but it was quite literally all we had.

So how much should we give him in the future when teeth come out? I remember when I was a kid, the going rate was a quarter. But inflation and all that...

22 comments:

jayruns said...

the first one is a big deal. i got a coupon under my pillow that said my parents would get me a baseball glove. i still remember getting that mitt and then sleeping with it under the mattress to break it in.

after that, it was a quarter. i'd say in 2009, a dollar, max.

ER's Mom said...

TF is cheap around here, going rate is a quarter...

Cool, my word verification is "insane"

Marc Bernard said...

I think you've set the precedent with $5. You will see a very sad face when the second tooth comes out if there's anything less.

Our rate is $2, but my 8-year-old has been saying lately that molars are worth more...

Anonymous said...

The tooth fairy always made the money directly proportional to the pain of the tooth coming out. Like the time that one of my baby teeth got stuck in a hamburger that I was eating, and I pulled it out far before it would have fallen out on it's own. :(

doc said...

Always got a silver dollar. It was special, not because of the value, but because it such an unusual coin to have. They would NEVER be spent, just held on to and admired

radioactive girl said...

Ha! My kids each get $5 per tooth because the same thing happened to me. I would have claimed something about "first tooth being worth more" or some other crap like that but she lost a second tooth the next night and I still had no money other than a $5 so the bar was set. My kids have more cash than me most days! I'd say try to claim the first tooth was worth extra and scale it down to $1? I only got a quarter per tooth when I was little but kids these days seem to clean up! My kids $5 is cheap compared to what some of their friends get!

Johnny Urologist said...

It was silver dollars for me. I'd say get a stockpile of the golden dollar coins and use those. Of course, I advocate spending them "in real life" too, if for no other reason than to watch the face of the cashier as they try to figure out where to put it in the register.

Celeste said...

DH took total command of the Tooth Fairy detail, asked me for a tooth count of baby teeth, and went off to buy silver dollars for the job. We have a whole kit with little drawstring bags for swapping out. The school nurse gives the kids a plastic "tooth suitcase" to bring their teeth home in, so we keep one in my purse just in case it happens on the road--so we can be ready for the fairy. We're all having a lot of fun with it. Two teeth ago she swallowed the tooth at a restaurant and had a meltdown--it bled like crazy, she worried she'd have to go to the doctor over it being swallowed, and she worried the tooth fairy wouldn't pay and wanted to know if we could...do some search and rescue the next day for it (sparing you the details). We told her it wasn't a medical issue, and the tooth fairy would know exactly how to handle the situation without us going on potty patrol for it. But I was really impressed with her ability to do a multi-level freakout; my Mini-Me completes me!!!

I agree with the high price for the first one. Be prepared; they sometimes come out two a week.

WarmSocks said...

My comment got too long. I turned it into a blog.

The Donut Guy said...

Go ahead and give him 20 but put 19 bucks away in a special fund that he can use for books, trips, etc.

jz said...

Start low. Be aware of escalating expectations. You've got many years to incentivize him to mow the lawn, shovel the snow, clean the basement, paint the garage, etc. If money comes easy now, he will balk at your paltry offerings in fifteen years from now.

Vijay said...

I voted for a lump of coal. But it ought to have been "Other"
My option would probably have not to been to your, your wife's or your 1st born son's liking ;)
It's customary in our part of the world to wrap the fallen tooth in fresh cowdung and either throw it on the roof if you're living in a thatched or tiled roof house or bury it.

Andrea said...

20 years ago, I got $1/tooth for those that came out naturally and $5/tooth for those that I had to have extracted (I had horrible teeth, and orthodontia is a bitch). I got $40 when I had my wisdom teeth out.

I'd say $1-2/tooth, max.

Bryen said...

we do a dollar.. we have three, so $5/each would add up quick! I went to the bank and got a bunch of $1 coins so it's a little bit different.

JimII said...

On Curb Your Enthusiasm they give a kid $5 for a tooth, which is too much IMHO. I think $1 is right. Also, I never played along with the idea of an Easter Bunny or a Tooth Fairy. Even with Santa Clause when the boy asked me if he was real I replied, "Do you want me to answer that question?" He said no.

All part of being a bastard I guess.

Anonymous said...

Dollar coins are more fun. For future reference, the time to STOP paying is when your kid wants to bypass the TF/pillow route and apply to you directly for the $$. My 16 yo son will be having all his wisdom teeth out in June and I plan to pay exactly nothing (to him, plenty to the orthodontist of course).
-whitecap nurse

Anonymous said...

The tooth fairy that comes to our house leaves those nice shiny gold dollar coins. I've heard that your local bank can find them too.

Mary said...

$5 for the 1st, $2 for each additional.

Paid in tooth fairy money, known to grown ups as those gold $1 coins

Greg99 said...

Growing up, the tooth fairy always left my sister and me the amount it took to buy an ice cream cone at Baskin & Robbins.

Of course, this may have had something to do with my struggles with weight as an adult, but never mind that...

Greg

Anonymous said...

The best tooth fairy leaving so far has been foreign money. Hands down. My daughter loves to figure out where the tooth fairy was right before her (hence the wrong change) and how much that money would be worth here, where it is on a map. The tooth fairy does remember to leave some American change too,so far 50 cents to a dollar, depending on how much change we can scrounge up. She also delights in leaving letters for the tooth fairy, which are fun to look back at, but not as much fun to reply to as I thought they would be when I first suggested it. Good luck and have fun with it!
-lpnmon

Hey, You said...

You can give whatever you want in the future and blame it on the tooth fairy.

Anonymous said...

When I was a kid it was a quarter. For reference, a chocolate bar was 40-50 cents, so I had to save part of my allowance in order to use the money.

Now a chocolate bar is 1.20, so a small amount of patience is needed (delayed gratification) but it is not out of reach.

I definitely vote for a dollar.

But by the time they are losing molars, they're way too old for this.