We are an elf loving family.
Last year we had our first taste of what Elf on the Shelf is all about & the kids loved it, but seriously not as much as they love it this year. The girls are older and definitely get the idea behind it more than last year.
Steve returned to us the day after we decorated our house for Christmas and the kids all spotted him around the same time that morning when they woke up.
He was able to hang around for a few days before he had to sadly return to Santa’s side at the North Pole. We were hoping by doing this, the kids behavior would improve and he’d be able to come back to us quickly.
I already talked this week about how parenting & raising GOOD kids is the hardest job I’ll probably ever do in my lifetime, so I’m not going to go into detail about that.
Let’s just say that I think the kids are finally cluing in to what can happen to Steve & the magic of Christmas if they don’t behave. He’s been back for two days now and almost all of the kids have been rewarded with something small to show them he’s really watching and taking note of the good behavior.
I’m actually really relieved that he was able to come back, not just because I want my kids to behave (is it just me or am I the only parent that worries I’m going to screw my kids up and they are going to become “those kids” that every adult looks at like “WTF?!” I think it’s the teacher in me that harbors this fear). But I’m happy he’s back because I LOVE being the one to sneak Steve around the house each night and help him get into his mischief. Leaving those “you’ve been misbehaving” notes was a lot less fun than having him play with Tucker’s trains or build Q-tip snowflakes in the bathroom.
Do you partake in Elf on the Shelf in your house? What’s been your favorite thing about adding an Elf to your family during the holidays?