How to Celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day
Ask yourself why we lie to children. Is it to soften the eventual realization that life is full of pain and sorrow? Is it to manipulate them into specific, preferred behaviors? What would happen if we were honest with children?
Today, find out.
Assemble a group of children, preferably pre-teens of prime tooth-losing age. Tell them that the tooth fairy does not exist. Tell them that their parents slip into their bedrooms while they’re sleeping and replace their lost teeth with currency.
Explain that this behavior is not unusual and is, in fact, a tradition that has persisted for centuries, likely as a means of comforting children as they begin to recognize their own mortality and the continuous process of decay that is existence.
Encourage the children to turn the situation to their financial advantage. Supply each child with a Ziploc bag full of discarded human teeth. Teach them to pace out their distribution – i.e., how frequently they “lose” these teeth – to avoid suspicion.
Send the children on their way – happier, healthier, more cunning and opportunistic, and, possibly, better prepared for life.
Tooth fairy art prints from some fine folks on Society6.
- Tooth Fairy by Foya
- Tooth Fairy by Alba Blázquez
- Tooth Fairy by Jorgenson Art Syndicate
- Tooth Fairy by Ana Gomes
- “Tooth Fairy” by CreativExposure
Links & Learning
So, about this tooth fairy
- Don’t Tell the Kids: The Real History of the Tooth Fairy – Salon
- Where Did the Tooth Fairy Come From? – Forbes
- The Tooth Fairy Is a Very Recent, Very American Creation – Smithsonian
- Tooth Fairy’s 2016 Cash Payouts Hit All-Time High – USA Today
And what about the lying?
- Is It Okay to Lie About Santa? – PBS Parents
- Psychologists Think Your Lies About Santa Damage Your Kids – Huffington Post
- Stop Lying to Your Kids About Santa – The Week
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