X-man lost his third tooth last night right before bedtime. He was very excited because he'd been working on that tooth pretty much since he lost his last one in May. That's six months of wiggling and waiting, not so easy for a six year old.
In addition, his friend lost his first tooth the day before. The friend received $10. We've had other friends give that much, but we don't. We give $1 or $2. This morning, X-man asked why the tooth fairy didn't like him as much. And honestly, I made up that there were socio-economically different tooth fairies. Maybe his tooth fairy was just starting out and didn't have much to give. Maybe he had 10 kids at home and had different expenses. Maybe his friend's tooth fairy was old and had made oodles from the teeth he'd collected for the last 700 years. X-man accepted this, because he knows it's true among families, and he decided not to take his $2 rather than $10 as a personal affront.
But he's not ready to give up the myth of fairies. And that's fine. I didn't know how to say that some parents are really excited about teeth and give more money for them. Sometimes when you're not expecting the tooth falling out, you leave under the pillow what was in your wallet. :-)
What do you give your children for lost teeth, if anything?