We’ve all been there, right? Well, unless you are a perfect mommy but that I am not. At one time or another we have all begged, pleaded, negotiated or downright demanded that our kids behave. And sometimes it falls on deaf ears and we have to do what we have to do to get our kids to behave.
By now almost all of us have heard about the Elf on the Shelf. You know the little stuffed elf that is sent from Santa to watch over the kids during the holiday season and report back to the North Pole on their behavior? Or is that just how we explain the elf? Well, we don’t technically have the “Elf on the Shelf” visit our house but a close cousin called “Elf Magic”. Same idea.
Our elf came to us last year and my kids were over the moon about their new elf “Sunny”. After he went back to the North Pole for good after Christmas last year, not another word was spoken of Sunny. Until Thanksgiving. That’s when all talk turned to when was Sunny coming.
Sure, Sunny wreaks havoc when he comes back every morning from talking to Santa. He spills things…messes with the toilet paper…ends up in the freezer. He has funny antics but my kids know his main objective is to tell Santa how they are behaving and if they should be on the “naughty” or “nice” list. He’s a good threat.
As the holiday season was approaching, my kids were getting crazier by the day. Let’s just say their behavior was less than perfect. Or not even close to being acceptable! I had to remind them more than once that Sunny hadn’t returned because they weren’t being good. Days went by and the elf never came back. Sad, isn’t it?
Finally, they had a good day. Listened…went to bed good…didn’t fight…as much. So, I grabbed the opportunity to have Sunny the elf return. He couldn’t just return without a note, so I took the opportunity to remind them of what was at stake.
Will it work? I don’t know. Worth the try? Hellz yeah!
Am I wrong for using the elf as a threat? Let the judging begin! :)