It’s happened to the best of us: You wake up in the morning to the sound of your little one crying, disappointment evident in his every feature. And then it hits you, the tooth fairy forgot to visit! Even though you might feel like the worst parent in the world at this moment, don’t be too hard on yourself. It happens. Besides, there are several ways the tooth fairy can remedy the situation, and fast. Here are some of them:
Offer a creative explanation. My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear offers several, such as “she was running low on fairy dust and couldn’t make the flight,” “she got lost,” or “she got the fairy pox.” Find their complete list here. Distract and do over. For example, WeHaveKids.com gives an example of occupying the little one with an excuse and an activity, then quickly rushing for the glitter and the glue to tape a note with a few dollar bills to the front door. The note can say something like, “Sorry, your dog scared me last night, but can you leave your tooth again for me tonight”? Use the sibling approach. Better Homes & Gardens dubs this “calling in the reinforcements. Fill the older sibling in, then leave the money under their pillow. Then, have said sibling rush in with the tooth fairy’s gift and say, “Hey, the tooth fairy got lost and went to my room instead!” Write an apology note. Pop Sugar compiled some of what they considered the most hilarious ones on the internet: Hilarious and Genius Apology Notes from the Tooth Fairy. Try again the next night. For now, you can say a little bird told you that the tooth fairy had a really busy night and just couldn’t get to your house before sunrise. That way, you and the little one can both try looking under the pillow again the next morning. Then again, there’s always the tough love approach. Does your child need to brush more regularly? You can use this as a reason why the tooth fairy couldn’t come. Motivating, or mean? You decide, and send us your thoughts in the comments below!