Ahh the Tooth Fairy! What a strange myth that is. A fairy who comes secretly in the night and buys your child’s tooth from under their pillow. But…. why? I mean… anybody ever pick this one apart? It goes from cute to creepy pretty quick. I think my favorite portrayal of the Tooth Fairy comes from the movie “Rise of the Guardians.” If you haven’t seen that one, you should. It manages to work both the creepy and the cute of the Tooth Fairy and come down solidly on the cute side 🙂
But, even when we are just considering the cuteness of the Tooth Fairy tradition, it can be problematic. There is no national standard for the value of teeth. One kid may get a quarter for a tooth while another gets $5, it’s kind of a recipe for hurt feelings if they start doing playground comparisons. However, I did find it a useful tool in the war to get my son to brush his teeth. The Tooth Fairy paid him more for a clean tooth than a dirty one!
If you are looking for some books to help your child be a better brusher, I’ve got some great ones in the eStore!
You’re welcome, ladies. Now you have an excuse to give your man a gift certificate to fix whatever grossness he’s got going on, whether it’s that scraggly beard, those terrifying toenails, or who knows what else!
But, all kidding aside, this got me thinking about hygeine and how difficult a topic it can be for kids to learn. Some kids seem naturally fastidious, they hate to be dirty or sticky, and freak out if they’re not clean. Other kids though… like nobody I know personally… struggle to grasp WHY it’s important to wash their hands well, brush their teeth, shower, and change their clothes daily! It can be SO frustrating as a parent to try and get a kid to appreciate cleanliness and personal hygeine. It’s a topic you will likely be revisiting many times over the years as their bodies grow and change, and it doesn’t get easier as they get bigger and stinkier, believe me!
Luckily UBAM offers a great selection of books about the body and how to care for it, spanning several age groups! I’ve compiled a list of them for you, and you can view them by clicking the button below.
Men’s Grooming Day also got me thinking about one of my favorite activities to do with kids: Shaving cream play! I can’t tell you how much of my petty cash money was spent on Barbasol when I was an Early Head Start Home Visitor! This is a great way for your mess-loving kids to both make a mess AND get clean! Check out my Sensory Activities For Kids Pinterest board for some inspiration on how to use shaving cream play with your kiddos!