Before bed, she wrapped the tooth in a tissue and placed in under her pillow. Then she asked me to write the following note:
Dear Tooth Fairy,
I was scared, but I'm not any more. Please don't forget to come.
Her original message was much (MUCH) longer, but I was writing on a post-it note with a dull cornflower blue crayon...
Before bed, I told Pink to pick up her room or the Tooth Fairy wouldn't be able to get to her bed to retrieve the tooth from under her pillow. Pink reminded me that fairies fly and don't need a clear path from the door to the bed. So, then I told her the Tooth Fairy really didn't like to visit messy rooms. Apparently this was convincing because she picked everything up. Then she fell asleep, under her covers with her head on the pillow and slept there all night. This is not a common occurrence at our house, so I was grateful for the lost tooth. I was also glad that the Tooth Fairy hadn't misplaced anything in the move.
The next morning, Pink came in bright and early to show me what the Tooth Fairy had brought.
|A tiny pillow...|
|...with a note inside.|
*****(Awkward change in topic with no clever transition and only a few poorly placed asterisks.)
This idea might be as brilliant as my Good Will box (which totally still seems to be working, by the way).
Every time I try to take a shower, the whole entire world falls apart. Every time. Forget the fact that my showers take a total of about 7 minutes from start to finish. And, forget the fact that I always wait until everyone is properly engaged in another activity before I attempt to take one. It doesn't matter. As soon as I get into the shower, at least one child (and usually more than one) will knock on the door. And, 9 times out of 10, that child will be crying when he/she does. It makes me crazy.
So, the other day, I came up with this:
That's right. I set the kitchen timer. For 20 minutes (even though I knew I only needed 8).
And, then I told the kids that unless someone was bleeding, having an asthma attack, or unconscious, no one was allowed knock on the door until the timer got to zero.
And, you know what? It worked.