The Dutch Tooth Fairy

by farrah on March 21, 2015 · 7 comments

B lost his first teeth last week. It was very exciting indeed! I was a bit nostalgic of course, and he, being my sensitive one became so emotional he got tears of joy in his eyes. It was pretty awesome all the way around even if they fell out because he bumped his brother in the head while jumping on a trampoline. Note- they had already been loose for weeks.

dutch tooth fairy

He was SO excited- he had to show them to his teacher. Because it happened Tuesday, he was going to have to leave them until Thursday so that all the teachers could see them. Thursday he forgot to bring them home, but he remembered yesterday. Thus around 10pm last night I realized that we hadn’t decided on how/what to give and I didn’t ask the parents at school around here what they do either.

And then, to add to my incompetence, we realized that between my husband and I we only had a €20, a €5 and some coins. We didn’t want to give him coins since he is a wild sleeper and I knew they’d clatter onto the floor. But €20? Even if it was TWO teeth? That seemed rather high and ridiculous for a six-year-old. Besides, I knew whatever we did he would go back to school on Monday and tell people- and telling people that he got €20 just didn’t sit well with me. And €20?!! Um, nope.

dutch tooth fairyA gift from when he was born, a place to put the teeth.

So frantically at 10pm I ‘WhatsApped’ my friend Ace. She hasn’t had this situation yet- but since her son is near in age to mine I knew she’d give good feedback. She said since her child didn’t really have a concept of money she was only thinking a euro or so. Hm. That was doable. ONE coin. And then I tweeted two of my resident Dutch etiquette guides (@Gert75 and @w8eens) and asked them.

Gert came back and said €1 per tooth, but he did know people who did €.50 per tooth. I liked that, but it didn’t jive with my no-coin plan. Well, we ended up going for the €5 euro Dutch Tooth Fairy donation, and he was thrilled.

At 3:30 this morning he was excitedly waving the bill in my face saying: “I thought I was just going to get a coin! But instead it’s 5 euros!”.

Of course.

Lesson: They don’t need or expect nearly what we think they need or expect!

Photos taken by me.

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1 andrea March 21, 2015 at 11:49 am

We had to have our 7 year olds first two teeth pulled and the tooth fairy brought $20 since it was a more traumatic experience, but we kept telling him that was a one time thing!

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2 farrah March 22, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Andrea! That is traumatic- poor dude. And I am trying to imagining you telling him how it’s a one time thing and why. The things parents do!

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3 Jessica March 21, 2015 at 1:08 pm

Dutch people actually leave money for their kids’ teeth??? Makes me wonder if when our little guy gets bigger, if the Tooth Fairy will visit him or not.

My husband had a collection of all his baby teeth in a small container…I thought it was gross and I’m pretty sure I made him get rid of it.

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4 farrah March 22, 2015 at 4:37 pm

So welcome to to the crazy world of parenthood 🙂

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5 Leigh Ann March 22, 2015 at 4:19 pm

We set wildly unrealistic expectations for the first teeth. I’m trying to dial it back a bit by saying that the BIG teeth (top and bottom front teeth) are worth more, and from now on they should only get $2 or so for the less exciting teeth.

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6 farrah March 22, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Ha! The ‘less exciting’. The whole thing really has gotten out of hand. I was going to give them a special US gold dollar, but after thinking about it- I didn’t trust him. Linc did start saying he was going to pull out all of his teeth so he could get some money so…..yeah. No 20 here!

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7 Ace CB March 23, 2015 at 12:32 pm

LOL at the 3.30 am wake-up! I’m guessing you didn’t snap a pic right then and there with his loot? 😉

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