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Should I Do an Elf on the Shelf?

Should you do an elf on the shelf for your kids? Let’s discuss if you should take part in the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon!

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SHOULD I DO ELF ON THE SHELF?

If you’ve never heard of Elf on a Shelf, you are missing out on a fun, family friendly Christmas tradition for the holidays. What is Elf on a Shelf you ask? Elf on a Shelf was created with the idea in mind that the process will help to keep your kiddos behaving nicely and in return they will get a fun and happy Christmas with presents from Santa Claus. Today I am going to be discussing the pros and cons of the Elf on a Shelf system and you can make the decision of whether or not you should do this for your kids! 

ELF ON A SHELF KIT

The fun and exciting things of Elf on a Shelf is that it allows your kiddos to be creative, and you get to break out your creative side as well! You get yourself an Elf on a Shelf kit and then the kids will get to choose whatever name they want for their Elf and that will be their little buddy for the Holiday season.

HOW DOES THE ELF ON THE SHELF WORK

Your creative juices come into play because after your kiddos go to bed you will want to set up some mess or naughty situation that your kid’s Elf gets into overnight for your little ones to find the next day. The whole idea is that your kid’s see the naughty things that their Elf is doing and this shows them what not to do, and you should also inform them the Elves are watching their every move and if they act naughty, they will report back to Santa Claus and they will get coal in their stockings for Christmas. 

Some parents find that the Elf on a Shelf concept is a bit controversial for them and they don’t think it is something that will work for their kids. Some parents believe that since the Elf participates in naughty acts this will teach the kids to copy them and lead to them being naughty instead of teaching them the opposite and keeping them on the nice list. It has also been said that Elf on the Shelf isn’t good for kids because it teaches them that the only reason they should behave is to get presents in return. 

IS THE ELF ON THE SHELF GOOD OR BAD

It is honestly all about what you think is best for your kids and if you think that Elf on the Shelf is beneficial for your kids behaviour or if it is hindering their behaviour. I personally think it is a fun little tradition and it really can help the kids to be on their best behaviour for Santa Claus, I think it’s all pretty innocent and it can be really great for your kids. You will find below some simple ideas for Elf on the Shelf!

QUICK ELF ON THE SHELF IDEAS

You will find below quick elf on the shelf ideas that you can do!

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For more added fun, your kids can make this Elf Paper Bag Puppet!

So with that being said, will you be buying your kiddos an Elf on the Shelf this year? Please comment below!

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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