In Mexico, a Mouse is the Tooth Fairy

I just learned from Heather, it is National Tooth Fairy day. Do they make cards for that? And, if so, to whom do I sent them?

Interestingly, and quite conveniently, Shane lost a tooth in Mexico last week. In school a few months ago, the boys learned about tooth fairy traditions around the world. They were most impressed about the Mexican tradition where a mouse┬átakes the tooth and leaves you what you ask for in a note. They were hoping one of them would lose a tooth, and lo and behold, one did. I have a feeling they drew straws, and the winner got to knock the loser’s tooth loose.

I wasn’t crazy about the idea of a mouse sneaking into our suite, but in broken Spanish, we asked around about what we were supposed to do. Seems you can leave the tooth anywhere in your house with a note, and the mouse will find it. We left some cheese too, for good measure. We wanted to make sure the threat of a wall didn’t make him think poorly of all Americans. Heather says the going tooth fairy rate is $5. The mouse (el raton) must converse with our fairy because he left Shane 100 pesos, about 5 bucks. More importantly, he left him with a great memory.


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Author: Karen Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness Coach. She helps clients with parenting issues, the challenges of college and young adulthood and issues related to health and habits. Email her at to learn more. She is the author of the Audible Original, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents.


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