Happy Columbus DayOctober 14, 2013
Happy Columbus day weekend! We had such an exciting weekend as Little Miss A. lost her first tooth. Oh my! We don't really have a tooth fairy come visit us in this home but a little mouse instead....El Ratoncito Perez. This tradition of the little mouse began in Madrid in the late 1890s when writer Luis Coloma was commissioned to write a story to Alfonso XIII (who was king from birth) as he had just lost a tooth. It is interesting how traditionsoriginate and get woven into our daily lives. Little Miss A even went to bed extra early tonight so he could come right away. I have been polling parents about what the too fairy's going rate is nowadays and I notice a great discrepancy. In some households she will bring a silver dollar, in others $20 dollars per tooth! Some tooth fairies even bring toys! The first tooth usually brings in a higher rate than the others and on average kids receive $3.7 per tooth (per a survey conducted by Visa Inc.) I can't wait to wake up tomorrow and find out what the little mouse brought!
What is the going rate in your home for a tooth?
[all photos by AC]