I'm sure we all remember the excitement we felt as little kids when we lost a tooth. The concept of getting money from the Tooth Fairy for simply getting rid of a baby tooth was enticing to a child who knew nothing about money, and when we become parents, it's a fun thing to pass down to our children.
Here are a few funny stories from parents on Tooth Fairy duty, courtesy of Reddit.
Some of the funniest stories come from the kids trying to catch the Tooth Fairy in the act.
Once, my son got the bright idea to con the tooth fairy. He made playdoh teeth and left them. As he was totally naive about this, he shared his plan with me. He anticipated untold riches! However, the fake teeth only yielded fake money - chocolate coins in gold-colored foil!
I did that once as a kid with a little shred of popcorn. Since I didn't tell my parents, it was still under my pillow the next few mornings. I figured the tooth fairy wasn't fooled, so I wrote an apology note for trying to trick her.
Everything is explainable by magic.
I have 3 kids and it's not hard to do it without waking them. Once the kid lost a tooth at night and we didn't have anything smaller than a $20 so we told him that means he lost a super special tooth.
The other parents in his class heard about it and were annoyed with us because their kids thought it was the going rate.
When my middle kid got money for his first tooth he tried really hard to loosen another to make a quick buck. He swallowed it at lunch and was so upset but we paid him anyway and told him the Tooth Fairy could use magic to get it.
My youngest had the idea that the tooth fairy wears a blue sparkly dress. He would ask me if I was the tooth fairy so I let him look through my closets. No blue sprakly dress.
Next summer was my parents "turn" for a visit and what does my son find in my mama's closet? A blue sparkly dress! Grandma's the tooth fairy!
That’s a smart 3 year old.
My daughter (younger than my son) saw her big bro getting loot for his newly lost tooth. She was maybe 3 years old and wanted in on the action. I caught her putting something under her pillow one evening and said, honey what are you hiding under your pillow? She looked at me and whispered "magic coins". I said uhhh, what? She had placed Chuck E. Cheese tokens under the pillow and when I asked why, she said that if she left some money that a secret fairy would come and leave her some teeth.
Of course, that night I chipped small pieces off a block of Parmesan cheese and dipped them lightly in ketchup "blood", placed in a bag and made the exchange.
A much better deal than being out a five spot every time my kid sheds a tooth.
This is so wholesome.
Years ago, my son decided he was going to catch the tooth fairy on camera by setting up his tablet to record in his room. When I walked in, I saw what he had done and walked over to it and knocked it face down. See, his tablet recorded in 30 second increments. So standing behind the tablet, I took a picture with flash on so it would light up a room like the tooth fairy. Counted to 30 and stepped out.
The next morning I scrolled to find the places with me in it and deleted them before he woke up. The result was a few dollars under his pillow and a video with a flash of the tooth fairy showing up. He was so excited!
Perhaps the funniest stories come from when parents forget to make the switcheroo.
Gotta come up with a good excuse.schitts creek crying GIF by CBCGiphy
When my daughter lost her tooth I completely forgot to do the swap and she told me the next morning, I made a letter from the tooth fairy explaining how she couldn't leave her money because of how messy her room was that she hurt herself trying and would come back when her room was all tidy. Gave me time to get some cash and a reason for her to tidy her room.
A serious problem.
I don't have kids but here's the story on how I found out the truth.
I woke up in the morning looked under my pillow and tooth was still there, no money. So I of course told my dad later on and he straight up said "oh crap I forgot" and pulls out some money and gives it to me...
No explanation no fancy story no nothing, I didn't even question anything. But I was pretty surprised
Edit: they never were into the whole Santa, tooth fairy, Easter bunny, etc. They even said "if you see a fat white man coming down that chimney there's gonna be a serious problem"
My husband and I fell asleep and forgot to take the tooth and leave money a few weeks ago for my 6 year old. My brilliant husband was like "it's because of covid". So we told her the tooth fairy wasn't collecting teeth because of covid and was just sending kids robux (currency in the game Roblox that they play) in lieu of leaving money under the pillow, due to social distancing requirements. I quickly added $10 worth before she logged in to check, and she was thrilled.
I don’t know how they do it, but sometimes kids just manage to not notice anything through the entire ordeal.
That’s slick.dwayne johnson wings GIF by 20th Century Fox Home EntertainmentGiphy
I'd do it right in front of them without them noticing.
I had a very small velvet beggar's purse type of bag for the kids to put their tooth in when they came out. I actually had two of these bags but they didn't know that. They'd put their tooth in the bag then put the bag under the pillow. I'd have the other bag with money in my pocket.
I'd sit on the end of their bed and talk or read a story for a few minutes. Then I'd say it's time to go so I'd stand up, lean over them to kiss them all over their face and hug them using one arm while swapping out the tooth bag with the money bag. Never got caught.
The Tooth Rat sounds terrifying.
When I was a kid my parents told me about the tooth rat, not the tooth fairy. We left our teeth behind the bedroom door instead of under the pillow. Now I know it was because they tried to test the pillow thing and I woke up.
The best part about being a kid who believes in the Tooth Fairy is when she manages to slide us more money than we expect. I remember getting $5 once and getting so excited! It's the best when the magic is still there.
Of course, we all eventually grow up and find out the truth. But until then, it's fun to believe in something so magical