By Armady Baucke

For a child, losing their teeth is one the best things about their childhood. They get money for every tooth and lots of it. For parents it just adds to the long lists of things to remember!

Children usually put their tooth under the pillow and eagerly wait for the Tooth Fairy to take the tooth and leave them some money. Sometimes though, a child can stay up so late or they wake up as soon as you enter their room – or you plain forget and fall asleep not getting the job done, only to find a teary eyed child to console in the morning.

Armady Baucke shares her handy excuses for a missing Tooth Fairy visit.

Parents are usually quick to come up with an excuse as to why the Tooth Fairy didn’t come, but in case you need some excuses – oops we mean reasons … here are 20 you can try:

  • Your room was so messy, the Tooth Fairy couldn’t find your tooth
  • She got lost in the rain and couldn’t find our house
  • She could hear you waking up and quickly had to leave before you saw her! She’s not allowed to be seen
  • It’s our job to tell her your tooth fell out – oops we forgot to tell her!
  • She doesn’t go out during a full moon
  • It was so hot and humid her wings were sticking together so she couldn’t fly
  • Her bag of teeth was so heavy she had to go home to empty it out
  • You went to sleep too late and she couldn’t wait because she had to get to the next missing tooth
  • You woke up too early and she didn’t have time to get to your tooth before you woke up – maybe sleep in longer tomorrow?
  • The Tooth Fairy is on holiday; you’ll be the first one she visits when she gets back to work

No greater wave of guilt than the moment your child realises the Tooth Fairy didn’t come!

  • She collected so many teeth, she ran out of money so she’ll be back tomorrow
  • Ohh! She left the money on the kitchen counter because she was in a rush to get home! She said to check your tooth is still in your room before you take the money so she can collect it tonight (then you do the mad dash to your wallet to get the money and put it on the kitchen bench before your child gets to it!)
  • Santa needed her help last night to make the toys for Christmas
  • She was helping the Easter Bunny to make chocolate
  • The Tooth Fairy doesn’t like Halloween
  • It was her birthday yesterday so she was busy celebrating with her Tooth Fairy friends
  • She was stuck in traffic. It was busy last night! She’ll probably come while you’re at school today
  • She was sick and didn’t want to spread her germs around
  • The Tooth Fairy boss accidentally gave her the wrong address!
  • Your Tooth Fairy has swapped to day shift for a while so she didn’t come last night.

There is no limit to the excuses you can come up and in some cases you have to think of one at a moment’s notice!