Monday, December 25, 2006


Tooth Fairy Query

This is about to become very relevant.

What's the going rate for lost teeth these days?

Here we give a dollar coin (a Susan B. or Sacajawa).

Good luck with it!
Anywhere from a quarter to a buck. According to my daughter, some of her classmates have gotten $5, but that's just crazy talk.
We gave a dollar coin (loonie) but both our girls have matured enough that a lost tooth is cause for no more than "finally!" on their parts.
A buck is safe. If you really feel the push of peer-pressure inflation, you can give two, but my youngest has never felt hard done by with a dollar.

Merry Christmas, by the way.
A dollar for the first one (preferably a coin) and then maybe 50 cents after that.
It depends on whether you had to yank it out with a string tied to a door knob. If so, 25 cents + 25 cents for every false start.
I pay a buck extra for molars.

BTW, I love your blog. I recently finished a stint as interim dean of a law school. Same issues, frustrations, occasional triumphs. Thanks for brightening my days!
$20 is too much.
I give $5 each. if you do the math, that's about $100 for a mouth full of baby teeth. Over a bunch of years, it's nothing.

Besides, with $1 they can't buy anything, so I end up augmenting it out of my wallet. This way it's all on them.
Five bucks here in Southern California. But I used to tell my son that, unlike Santa Claus, there are a whole bunch of tooth faries--and some of them are old-timers. If you get an old-time, old-fashioned tooth fairy, you might only get a dime or a quarter.

And what happens to all the teeth the tooth fairy collects? They end up as the rattles/mixer-uppers in cans of spray paint or WD-40 or whatever. That's how the tooth fairy gets money to give to little kids
I stopped lying to my kids long ago - they get no money for aborted teeth. They get prizes on excellent check ups. Heck, they really have nothing to do with the teeth flaling out. Keeping them healthy on the other hand is a mission for a 9, 7 and 6 year old.
Hey, I never lied to my kids about Santa Claus, but they still get presents at Christmas. My first child is losing her second round of teeth, and she makes a game of trying to catch me sneaking in her money and sneaking out with her tooth.
When I was little we got $5 for the first tooth and $1 for the following teeth.

My mom told us that the teeth we lost went to new babies, since they didn't have any teeth yet!
Christopher Walken in 'Rundown' (bad movie):

I feel like a little boy who's lost his first tooth. Put it under his pillow, waiting for the tooth fairy to come. Only, two evil burglars have crept in my window...

- Wait a second. Do you understand
the concept of the tooth fairy?
You find a tooth. You put it under your pillow. Wait. She takes the goddamn thing, gives you a quarter.
Wow, those are varied answers right there. For our family, a tooth usually costs one dollar, but if the sponsor feels generous it can go as high as five. Sometimes, it pains me to give away the remaining change I have left for the sake of a child's fantasy because dentistry can be costly, but my conscience always tells me to go on. Some of my wife's friends here in Atlanta experience the same thing, so I know I'm not alone.
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