As a parent, I don't have many regrets. I try my very best each day and if I make mistakes well then I know not to do it again. Parenting is a big whopping life lesson that we try to score 100%. We all know that isn't going to happen. It isn't rational. I can count on one hand (maybe two) things I wish I had done differently or things I could change. I can count on my fingers and toes all the silly mishaps that I can't take back but that my children will one day laugh at.
I have decided to share one of those with you today! I have 3 kids. I call them my Chilly's. (short for children!) My oldest K lost her first tooth when she was 7. The Tooth Fairy skipped our house! WHAT!??? I felt like the worst parent in the whole entire world. The night before we tucked K in and went over what might happen with the tooth fairy and how much money would she leave. She was so super excited. While waiting for K to fall asleep I must have fallen out myself. I woke up the next morning to K shaking me awake so very upset that her tooth was still there and that she had no money. MY HEART FELL as low as it possibly could. How could I do this to my sweet baby girl who believes so very much in Fairies and Princesses and the whole shebang.
I covered it up with a story that once happened to "my friend". I explained that sometimes so many children can lose their teeth all in one day and the Tooth Fairy can get too busy just like us humans. I calmed her down and she patiently waited to go to sleep that night. She had a lot of "what if" questions.
I set an alarm on my phone and my alarm clock. I wasn't breaking her heart again!
K woke to a letter from the Tooth Fairy. It was a very pretty, colorful letter with glitter that explained what happened and that she was so super sorry. The Tooth Fairy also asked K to forgive her for hurting her feelings, which K did. ( A sneaky lesson!) The Tooth Fairy left EXTRA money just this once and explained that she wouldn't get extra next time, that she would get the same as the other kids from here on out. (That is how I made myself feel better! A couple extra bucks!)
So parents, the next time you forget or you think you have scarred your chilly's over something like this. ...Remember this article and that WE ALL DO IT! We make silly errors that will one day make GREAT stories!
Has the Tooth Fairy ever skipped your house!? Please tell ME I am not the only one!!!!!