Last night I ruined the Tooth Fairy.
What age is the right age to ruin such a thing for a kid?
For me, it’s 11 I guess. This year he hounded us about Santa Claus. After Christmas I decided to just tell him the truth. He’s asking for a reason. Most likely because he already knows and wants to hear it from me. Or maybe he just wanted confirmation for his suspicions. Whatever the reason for asking if Santa was real, I think it was time for him to know anyways. He took it better than I expected. I felt like I was crushing the dreams of children when I told him though.
He has lost 3 teeth in the past month or so. Delylah has lost 2 teeth recently as well. She puts her teeth right under her pillow and is excited for the Tooth Fairy to come. Levi doesn’t put them under his pillow unless I remind him too.
Last night, I reminded them both to put their teeth under their pillow and when we went to bed I forgot about it. Travis reminded me at 2:30 this morning. I gathered some cash and headed upstairs. I couldn’t find his teeth. He had 2. So I went to Delylah’s room and did her first. I explained to Travis that I couldn’t find Levi’s teeth and he was close to waking up anyways. I tried again and he did wake up. Looked at me and asked me what I wanted. Then it happened. I just blurted it out. I asked him to give me his teeth. That little shit didn’t put them under his pillow. They were on the top bunk, that’s why I couldn’t find them. Like he wanted to catch me. I grabbed them, put money up there and told him to go to sleep.
Maybe he won’t remember this morning? Maybe he’ll think it was a dream?
As his mom, I don’t think he really cared that much anyways. He had one of those teeth in a bag for over a week and never put it under his pillow no matter how much I tried to remind him.
The fact that Santa got ratted out this year should have told me he was ready. The fact that he knows Santa isn’t “real” should tell me he doesn’t believe in the Tooth Fairy or the Easter Bunny anymore or any fictional being for that matter.
I actually didn’t think this would come at 11. I thought I had more time. Or maybe I didn’t think about it all that much to begin with. Thinking that my kids would be my babies and always believe. Either way, I have ruined Santa and the Tooth Fairy now. Way to go mom! I must say though, it feels good to finally get credit for all those awesome presents and money from our wallets for those teeth! Maybe he will appreciate it that much more now.
When is the right age to tell them??
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