I’m not sure who is getting away with using the Elf on the Shelf as a behavioral management tool but it barely worked last year on the girls and it certainly isn’t working this year.
I tell them “Thomas” is watching and they say things like, “he’s in the other room, he can’t see us!”
I tell them he is magic and he can see through walls. They respond, “Oh Mommy no he can’t, and he can’t fly either.”
I even went to the extreme and tried moving him during the day to trip them up but even that lost its luster after a day…a day! They stopped looking for him after the second day we started and a mere day after mid-day switching started.
I guess that’s fine with us since finding creative hiding spots to keep up with all the obnoxious overacheiving mothers out there was only entertaining to Steve and me. They never appreciated the brilliant positions he was in when they woke up!
However a nice trick ol’ Stevie came up with was putting Santa on speed dial. He downloaded this wonderful picture of Santa.
All I have to do is threaten to call him. I pull up his number so they see his photo and all is well again. I only reserve this for extreme measures. In fact I have only used it once but Steve has used it a number of times.
I guess we need to download a Cupid, Leprechaun, Easter Bunny, Ghost, Turkey….what else? Anyway while I am thrilled that this hid and seek Thomas is over I am less than thrilled with their cunning intellect; only in times like these otherwise it’s great.
Is it just my kids or do yours not believe in Elf on the Shelf either?