3 Parents Talk the Tooth Fairy

This week we talked all things the Tooth Fairy—what’s the going rate these days? When (if ever!) do you tell your kids it’s actually you? What was your closest call?

Three Parents Talk is our brand-spankin’ new series where we talk to (you guessed it!) a trio of moms and dads with diverse parenting styles about some of the significant and often hilarious issues we face on this wild and crazy ride called parenthood.

When I found out the Tooth Fairy was actually my dad, I can’t say I was that surprised. As a curious kid who mastered the art of fake-sleeping by age 5, I knew I could catch her in action. But, when I peeked through a sliver of an eyelid and spotted my dad’s giant hands,  I knew I had a choice to make. Ultimately I decided to keep pretending a little longer—hey, there aren’t a ton of income opportunities for a 7-year-old.

“One time the Tooth Fairy got a little carried away binge-watching something on Netflix and we had to tell our 7-year-old that his tooth had come out so late in the day that she’d gotten backed up picking up all the other teeth that fell out earlier in the day. He ended up getting $10 for that one.”

—Helen, Creative Director, mom of 2


“For our 9-year-olds first tooth, we went big and gave her $20! After that somewhere between $2-$5. Recently she asked when we forgot to put money under her pillow and we told her the truth. That quickly led to some of the bigger questions (i.e. Santa) that we were not ready to answer just yet.”

—Erin, Stay-at-home mom of 2


“We usually do a couple of dollars a tooth, but we try to make it really special! I’ll spray glitter on the dollars, and leave little notes from ‘Flossy’—the name my 7-year-old gave to the Tooth Fairy. We had a close call once, but luckily she forgot to check that morning so I snuck it under her pillow before she noticed.”

—Jessica, Social Media Manager, mom of 3