My granddaughter Izzy lost another tooth yesterday. She wrote a note to the Tooth Fairy;
Dear Tooth Fairy,
Can you give me a present and a few dollars?
Thinking for a moment after she signed her name, she prudently added
I love you
The last time Izzy lost a tooth I did a bit of research on what was considered appropriate compensation for little choppers. I found a relatively new survey had been conducted by Visa. They asked parents (via telephone) how much cash was extracted by their children (under 13) for a lost tooth. Apparently, a baby tooth nets 23% more than a year ago and 43% more than 2011. The survey concluded the reason for the increase is plain old keeping-up-with-the-Joneses; "parents don't want their kids to be the ones at the playground who received the lowest amount."
According to a consumer psychologist and Golden Gate University professor, "A kid who got a quarter would wonder why her tooth was worth less than the kid who got $5."
The Tooth Fairy doubled Izzy's usual take, leaving an extra dollar in honor of Thanksgivukkah along with a little note on per diems.
If it becomes a playground scandal, she'll just have to deal with it.
(for the record, I did NOT severely whip out her tooth - the school nurse did it)