For me, the time as a parent when my children began losing those first baby teeth was both magical and poignant.
The magic began with passing on the tradition of believing in the tooth fairy. As a young parent, this presents many questions:
- What do I want my child to believe about the Tooth Fairy?
- What do we put the tooth in?
- How much money do we put in place of the tooth?
- Should the Tooth Fairy leave a note?
- What do we do with the tooth once it’s retrieved from under the pillow?
Preparing for the first visit of the Tooth Fairy is fun, but also sad in knowing that this is another step toward your child’s growing up. Just like crawling and those tentative first steps, a parent knows that each necessary stage in the growth process leads their child to independence and moving into adulthood when we sometimes want to just keep them little so that we can protect them from the grown-up world.