Friday, November 2, 2007

Chistian's First Tooth!

Ok, it's really late, but I finally got my pictures onto my computer today and I have a lot of posts I want to get up here; so... here goes...

Christian lost his first tooth the other day. I was loose for a few days. I was a little bit squeamish about having to pull it. I wasn't worried about the blood or anything; I was just worried about the battle it would be. I can remember put my parents through some fits when they tried to pull my teeth. Anyway, I put off the tooth pulling long enough that it came out on it's own! Yah! Christian just kept wiggling it around and it finally just fell out. It didn't bleed at all. It was a very nice first tooth experience for him. Here he is with his new gap.


Matt and I don't teach our kids that Santa is real. We just feel like that's lieing to them. I'm not sure if we ever discussed the tooth fairy. We didn't tell Christian anything about what usually happens when you lose a tooth (maybe we were hoping to save some money!) A couple of days after he lost it he told us that if you put the tooth under your pillow the moon will change the tooth into a dollar. He heard it somewhere, and we let him believe it. So he put the tooth under his pillow. We had quite a search for it. It had been in a plastic baggie; and for some reason he took it out. We almost couldn't find it. Anyway, we put the dollar there and he woke up amazed that his tooth had magically turned into a dollar.

I was debating within myself about whether we should allow him to believe the lie. I hadn't discussed it with Matt still, but he eventually sat Christian down and told him the truth. It just doesn't seem right to lie to your kids about things, even if it's something fun like this. I want my kids to always believe me and not wonder when I'm telling them the truth. Someone once told me that someday when your kids learn that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy etc. are not real, will they wonder if all those great Bible stories are made up too? Anyway, just to set the record straight, I don't think it's a great sin if you let your child believe these things, but we have chose not to.

5 comments:

Jules said...

I know what you mean about letting kids believe what is really a lie. I have to confess that I used to do the whole "Santa" and "Tooth Fairy" thing, but then Ryan told me that all I was really doing to the kids was lying to them. I argued with him at first, but I got to thinking about it, and started to understand that he was actually right. So they know now that it is in fact Mommy that puts money under the pillow. HEHE.

meNmykids said...

Our kids are so reality based that they NEVER have even put their teeth under the pillow, they bring them right to us and demand the money. I think that every family has to decide for their own selves about the make beleive. I have always told my kids not to share their knowledge so they won't ruin it for someone else who doesn't have our same thoughts on it. A first tooth is exciting one way or the other!

Trina said...

We dont do the Santa thing either, mostly because we dont want Christmas to get tied up in Santa. Santa and God are very similiar in the way they are described so that was a turn off to us. The toothfairy hasnt been a huge success at our house either way though (lazy parents), but we havent been too troubled by the concept. I think it is really important to do what ever you feel like is best for you and your family though. Congrats to Christian on his first tooth though! That is a huge landmark in childhood. So glad it was a positive experience. We have had some funny/not so great ones in our family....lol!

Marisela said...

My kids do the same as Gale's bring the tooth to me and ask for money. Mostly because I am a lazy mom who would forget to put the money under the pillow at night, so now they skip that step. We played up the santa and tooth fairy thing for a short time, but when the kids had doubts and asked us we told them the truth.

Mom of 3, Aunt of 13 said...

I like the concept of the moon turning the tooth into money, that is so cute. I haven't heard that one before. Travis and I do like Sis Gale's family. There's so many different ways people look at it. We'd hate to offend anyone. Travis and I try to be very truthful to our children (as you well know). We've had some pretty important discussions with them, at ages that I thought were a little young. So far it seems as if the timing was right and maybe they deal with it better at their ages then they would when they're older. I guess time will tell.