Four Lessons I want my daughter to learn from the Tooth Fairy


First off, I’m hoping that she won’t get to meet the tooth fairy just yet.  She’s barely three and I’m happy to share that she’s got into the habit of brushing her teeth really well.  I asked her what she knew about the Tooth Fairy, expecting her to look at me with a blank expression on her face.  Surprisingly, she knew who she was!  She said “When my tooth falls, I’ll put it under my pillow and the tooth fairy will come!”  

I have absolutely no idea who told her about the tooth fairy, nor does my husband. I’m wondering if she’s seen something on TV about it?  Anyway, here’s what I hope she would learn from the Tooth Fairy:

1.   If the tooth is loose, don’t force it.

Just because your tooth is wobbly, doesn’t mean it is ready to fall-out.  Stop touching and wriggling it, hoping that it would pop-out just because you so want the Tooth Fairy to visit and leave something under your pillow.

It applies to life too.  Don’t force things to happen, just because you’re too impatient to let things happen in a natural flow.  There are no shortcuts in life.  Sometimes, it may seem that you’ve found an easier route in the end though, it might just turn out to be a longer and arduous one.

So my dearest T, just be patient.  Life will happen, there’s no point in rushing it.  And please don’t be in a hurry to grow up.  You’ll soon learn that tea or coffee isn’t really delicious at all.  I have no idea why we grown-ups like to drink it.  Trust me, being a grown-up isn’t fun at all.  Enjoy your life as a child, because as much as I would love for it to last, sadly, it won’t.  I’m still grieving over the loss of your toddlerhood.

2. If you lose it, it’s not the end of the world.

When I was really young (about six I think), I lost my front tooth and yes, my older brother and other cousins used to tease me a lot about it and sing …

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth, my tooth front teeth, oh my two front teeth.

Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth, then I could wish you Merry Christmas!

To make things worse, we even had a record of that darned song!  So yes, when I lost my tooth, I absolutely hated it!  What I want to say to you little sweetie, is that you will still look pretty even with a little gap in your teeth – not that I ever wish that it would happen to you!  And guess what, if it does …

3. Something really good might just come out of it.

Yes, you might just find something hidden under your pillow.  So you see, my little one, if something not so-nice happens to you, something good is also bound to happen and if it doesn’t, you must always remember to focus on the small joys.  You’ll soon learn that it’s the small joys that really matter in life.

4.  And lastly, just because you have it, doesn’t mean you have to spend it NOW.

Remember when you saved your money in your little money-box and it amounted to about £30?  You were so happy that day as you went shopping in Toys R Us and you also bought yourself a brand new PINK scooter, complete with a tooter and a basket?  Yes, you bought all that from your own money and guess what?  You can do it again, and again and again – as long as you save up your money.


T’s little money-box shaped like a shoe, given to her by her lovely godmother J when she was only a few weeks old.

So when the tooth fairy comes (and I actually wish she wouldn’t!), whatever she puts under your pillow, you can put back in your money box!

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    • I want a money box too for myself. I’ve been searching for one – one really big one and call it my “Travel Fund” =)

  1. That’s a lovely post and some very important messages there. We’ve tried to teach my son the same thing about saving his money. He’s slowly getting the idea now. My daughters are in a hurry to start losing their teeth because they’ve seen their big brother losing theirs!

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