Parents and The Tooth Fairy

Posted by Mattie on Nov 18, 2010 in Parenting

Who invented the Tooth Fairy?

Haven’t parents got enough things to remember? The only thing the Tooth Fairy serves is an opportunity to reduce the whining of kids and their fear of pulling out a tooth. Financial motivation…don’t get me started!

Almost every time the Tooth Fairy needs to pay my kids a visit, she forgets! She is always late, always gives a different amount and always places the money in a different spot! Parents create this longstanding commitment that drives me nuts!

My kids come home and tell me all about the pixie dust that has to be in the water, next to the bed, so that blah, blah, blah…. I can’t live that way.

We tell our kids that the Tooth Fairy does not need a song and dance to come by. Sometimes she is busy and every time she has a budget. To teach my kids to be invested in superficial rituals goes against my grain.

As my parents would say, “consider yourself lucky that you got anything!”



Mothers and Hallowe’en

Posted by Mattie on Nov 8, 2010 in Motherhood

I know, I know. Halloween was weeks ago. But I have been busy.

When I was a kid we use to plan out costumes, one maybe two days in advance. No monthly prep and no parent was ever involved. Other than making sure the costume wasn’t promiscuous. But that didn’t ‘t happen either. Once you hit the teen years. Its over, now you give out candy. Life is a circle of events, sometimes you get, and sometimes you give.

The only times I really got involved was when they were too young to do anything for themselves. Now we have a budget and they are do and decide as much as they can for themselves. Life is what you make it. The sooner they figure it out, the better for all of us.

I don’t consider Halloween a holiday, more like a North American yearly custom of breaking out of your inhibitions! Just joking. It is fun to dress up. And some people really go all out. I admire that. I like exotic face painting. But a cat or a bunny is all I can really do effectively.

My best Halloween was when I was a gypsy. I wore my mother’s patterned silky dresses and my sister was Kojak. (Google if you are younger than 40!) Now that was fun. My parents never came out with us. It was our time to enjoy. Imagine that?

Times have changed, we would never let our kids out alone. So now, we all go out, spread out, give the kids a lot of space and drink our beers when they aren’t looking!


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