For a child, there is nearly no experience more exhilarating
than losing a first tooth, placing it under the pillow, and falling into a
blissful sleep while waiting for the tooth fairy to arrive overnight. And no
matter what the tradition is in your home, whether it is rewarding your child
with an allowance, small treasures, or anything else, having them take part in
this timeless tradition can be a fun treat to commemorate a new development in
And now, on February 28th this year, children
across the country will come together to celebrate ‘National Tooth Fairy Day,’ a
time meant to signify the importance of this character in the lives of our
little ones. And even if your child has still yet to lose a tooth, teach them
about the tooth fairy next month, and what they can look forward to in the
Where Did the Tooth
Fairy Visits Start?
The legend of the tooth fairy visit is one that spans back
centuries, with experts claiming that it has roots in early European folklore. Unlike
the modern era though, the earliest tradition was for parents to honor a
child’s sixth lost tooth with a small gift or money placed under the pillow at
Now, of course, the celebration of this small occasion has
morphed, with some children receiving money or gifts for each tooth they lose. Yet
while the practices may be different today, they are still related to an
age-old process started hundreds of years ago.
The Importance of the
Tooth Fairy Visit
In today’s world, some individuals believe that rewarding a
child with money or gifts when they lose a tooth is unnecessary, and will only
spoil the little one in question.
But while it may be true that kids losing teeth is not a measure
of skill or ability, and is simply a natural progression in life, it is still
an experience that can help teach your little one about the necessity of
maintaining patience, as well as the importance of budgeting with money.
In regards to the first notion, in order for your child to receive
their gift in the morning, they must wait diligently in their beds before the
tooth fairy will arrive. This simple act forces them to quickly understand the
importance of waiting patiently for the things in life that we truly want.
And as for budgeting, if your child receives money for each
tooth they lose, they will then be required to confront the option of spending
it immediately on small items, or saving it and amassing a grander fortune in
order to purchase something larger in the future. Though it may seem like a
basic idea, the tooth fairy visit can actually teach your kids about intricate
ideas they will encounter later in life.
Will the Tooth Fairy
Visit This February 28th?
The visiting tooth fairy is
one of the most exciting times in a young child’s life. And this year, you can celebrate
the development of your children, and teach them important lessons about life,
all by surprising them with something small under their pillow.