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According to folklore, if a child places a baby tooth under their pillow, the tooth fairy will visit while the child is sleeping and swap the tooth for a small payment.

How much does the tooth fairy bring in your household? A gold coin or a note big enough to buy something meaningful?

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I used to get 20 cents a tooth then it went up to about 50 cents a tooth. I was delighted thinking that was a lot. I could buy some small toy or lolly for that. Since working in schools I simply cannot believe how much the 'tooth fairy' is supposed to leave these days. Children are telling me they are getting up to $10 for one tooth!! What, that is crazy!! How is the poor 'tooth fairy' supposed to afford that. Perhaps with a second mortgage? I'm scared I have a toddler I don't want to have to get a job just to pay for a tooth. To make it worse kids are asking each other what they get. Looking forward to see what other parents have to say and how much their kids are getting for a tooth these days.
I asked my kids at the start of the year how much they thought the 'tooth fairy' might leave for them when their teeth finally came out and was astounded to hear them say $10. They of course saw my reaction and then said 'oh well maybe $5'. I always leave either $1 or $2 depending really on what coins I have on the day. When I was young I think I got a maximum of 50c and I was thrilled. I'm not sure why some parents feel the need to give so much these days. I think it kinda ruins it for the kids whose parents can't afford $10 per tooth.
I think a 1 coin is about right
I always got a pound from the tooth fairy, which I found in a box next to my bed. When I became suspicious that there was not tooth fairy, I told my mum not to put a pound there if it was her, so I knew for sure. When there was no pound in the morning, I found out for sure. I then asked my mum for a pound coin anyway!
We had our first visit from the tooth fairy a few weeks ago and she left $8 for my 6 year old. Hopefully she doesn't loose any more teeth for a while!
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