Folks who go bump in the night

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bad tooth fairy

Lily has her first loose tooth, and she is not happy about it. She was in hysterics last night after biting into the apple which loosened one of her bottom teeth. She carried on for hours.

Of course, to try and make her feel better, I regaled her with stories of the magical tooth fairy. Lily, I whispered softly, when you sleep the night after your tooth falls out, you put it under your pillow and a fairy comes and trades it for money. How cool is that? Her eyes grew large. Her sobbing halted. You mean somebody sneaks into my room at night? When I’m sleeping? And she takes my teeth? The cries intensified. What does she do with them? Is there blood? Does it hurt? I want my teeeeeeeeethhhhh!!! Why is this happening to me?!!!

And so, I told her. I told her everything. I explained that there are no fairies, no sneaking in rooms and no collections of teeth in the sky. Her dad and I would be the ones responsible for placing the gold coin under him pillow and there was nothing to be afraid of.

And, in an instant, the magic was over. And so was her crying.

It’s a good thing we don’t need to carry on the Santa charade in this house– I’m not sure how well the heavy set man with rosacea plummeting down the chimney would sit with her. I’ll just have to hope she doesn’t spill the beans for all of the the less cynical children out there. It’s no fun to be the one to let them in on the truth. Even if they’re asking for it.

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    Shannon says

    Well, when you think about it… a fairy that sneaks into your room to collect your old teeth IS a bit strange…

    And too funny, I’ve drafted a post about spilling the beans on Santa…
    .-= Shannon´s last blog ..Best. Mom Date. EVER. =-.

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    tracey says

    I love how some kids adore magic and others flip out. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it, either…

    My own kids? They love the tooth fairy but often wonder why she is so forgetful…
    .-= tracey´s last blog ..A Day In the City =-.

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    Seattledad says

    Ha! Too funny. Nothing magical about someone stealing your teeth in the middle of the night. Leaving presents, yes, but not someone you might see on America’s most wanted.
    .-= Seattledad´s last blog ..Big Harry Spider =-.

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    Erin says

    Oh that poor little girl! I wrote a post about honesty with your kids and the article said you should tell kids about the tooth fairy so that they aren’t afraid to lose their teeth, and when they figure it out you should tell them that they are obviously old enough to handle to truth now….looks like she is already old enough! haha
    .-= Erin´s last blog ..Out of the Mouths of Babes =-.

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    Texan Mama says

    “LLLAAAAAAHHHH”
    That’s the sound of the heavens parting and angels singing.

    You are SO smart and have figured it out. We have never done Santa or Easter bunny or Tooth Fairy with our kids. We just tell them the truth. And know what? They aren’t scarred, they aren’t maladjusted, and they don’t feel like they’re missing out. As a matter of fact, I think they rather ENJOY knowing a little secret that all their friends don’t know.

    See, you’re SMART mommy not scary.
    .-= Texan Mama´s last blog ..Is the N-Word PC? =-.

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    Nan says

    *sigh*, but I love all the sneaking about… And when you FORGET to make the exchange, you can blame it on the darn tooth fairy. Who you gonna blame now, huh?
    .-= Nan´s last blog ..The Weekend In Brief… =-.

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    MommaSunshine says

    My kids were raised knowing the deal about the tooth fairy, easter bunny and Santa. My ex and I have caught a lot of flack for this decision, but hoenstly, the fact that there has never been any lying or sneaking around just felt better for me.

    And trust me, my kids enjoy Christmas no less than any other. It’s adults who get more excited about these things than the kids. As far as the tooth fairy goes, the kids just want the money. ;-)
    .-= MommaSunshine´s last blog ..A Million Miles Away =-.

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    MommaSunshine says

    My kids were raised knowing the deal about the tooth fairy, easter bunny and Santa. My ex and I have caught a lot of flack for this decision, but hoenstly, the fact that there has never been any lying or sneaking around just felt better for me.

    And trust me, my kids enjoy Christmas no less than any other. It’s adults who get more excited about these things than the kids. As far as the tooth fairy goes, the kids just want the money. ;-)
    .-= MommaSunshine´s last blog ..A Million Miles Away =-.
    Sorry… forgot to say great post – can’t wait to read your next one!

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    Lynn from For Love or Funny says

    Yeah, we don’t do the Tooth Fairy, Santa, or Easter Bunny. I feel like I’m lying to my kids if I perpetuate those myths.
    .-= Lynn from For Love or Funny´s last blog ..Middle Age is the bane of my existence. =-.

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    Jamie says

    omg she is cute. There is a new movie coming out soon with The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson where he plays a tooth fairy…maybe Lily would like it. I can’t remember the name but you should google the trailer. I think its Disney or PG.

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    Ryan Ashley Scott says

    Awww, are you just torn? I mean, were you looking forward to the tooth fairy just a little? I can imagine it’s not much fun being the one to tell – even if it did make her feel better. Although it’s pretty funny to read about her serious concern. ;)
    .-= Ryan Ashley Scott´s last blog ..Bad Mommy Weekly: Bad Aunt-A edition =-.

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    Mwa says

    It IS a scary thing. At least over here, gnomes come into the living room instead. I wonder what Anglo-Saxon parents do with light sleepers. Surely they’re going to get caught.
    .-= Mwa´s last blog ..The glamour of my real life never fails to astound me =-.

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    WackyMummy says

    Too funny. A child with her feet firmly planted on the ground… and who sees reality as okay. It IS truly creepy, thinking about a stranger sneaking into your bedroom at night to take something of yours…. almost as creepy as sitting on the lap of a fat old strange man and him offering you candy. Yech! Isn’t that what our parents always warned us about???
    .-= WackyMummy´s last blog ..Not About Me… For Once =-.

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    Ri, The Music Savvy Mom says

    “…heavyset man with rosacea plummeting down the chimney.” BWAHAHAHA! Perfect description.

    I also envision Gingerbread crumbs in the beard and a lingering funk of slightly curdled Egg Nog, Bourbon and moldy hay. (y’know, because of the Reindeer…) The whole concept of Elves has always worried me, too – pointy ears, squeaky voices, small stature…? Elves = gremlins. (It’s a fine line, I think…a very fine line! They’re definitely related. ;) )

    Great post, as usual. :)
    .-= Ri, The Music Savvy Mom´s last blog ..Guest DJ: The Lady of the House @ Checking the Electrical Box =-.

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    christy says

    Oh Jill this made me laugh – I’m sorry to laugh at your daughter – but really, I’m laughing WITH her. I would be the same way if someone told me they were sneaking someone into my room at night.

    PS – can’t wait till next week for the scary mommy contest!
    .-= christy´s last blog ..Foo’s Photo Shoot =-.

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    angie says

    This picture is HYSTERICAL!

    Coin? The tooth fairy pays $20 for the first lost tooth in this house. You ought to tell her that. She might reconsider. :)
    .-= angie´s last blog ..If you want to know the truth…. =-.

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