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Elf on the Shelf and Toddler Behavior

Meet our Elf

Remember when MommyFriend did the post about using the smoke detectors in your house to scare your kids into being good our of pure fear that Santa will place them on the naughty list and skip by your house?

Well, I use an elf, and online videos of Santa.

I made personalized messages for both of my boys online the other day using the great video link MommyFriend posted as well, but the reaction to that is a post for an entire other day! 

It seems like this Christmas Elf on the Shelf has become this huge popular phenomenon, and I have to admit now that my kids are a little older, and able to understand the concept just a little bit better than last year, I jumped right on the bandwagon. I am not to proud to admit I will do anything to keep the boys from arguing, and throwing temper tantrums. It is called survival.

We started the Elf on the Shelf in our house right before Thanksgiving, and every day I place it someplace different in our house, mainly in our living room which also doubles as a play area for the boys until their room is re-done this weekend.

The boys named him bouncy, although Ben has been calling him Slurpie for some reason… I have no idea, I am still trying to figure that one out.

We laid in bed, read the story book that comes along with the elf, and then it began.

Every night Bouncy goes back to the north pole and reports back to Santa personally on the boys behavior for the day. Well, and Addison too but I think she is kind of exempt from it right now. Then in the morning when Bouncy makes his way back to our house, he lands in a different spot for the day.

Check out the places our Elf has hung out so far!


  • Day 1 1 of 5
    Day 1
    Hanging on our curtains
  • Day 2 2 of 5
    Day 2
    Chillin' with my Babble/Disney gear
  • Day 3 3 of 5
    Day 3
    In our Christmas tree
  • Day 4 4 of 5
    Day 4
    On the kids Melissa and Doug Calendar
  • Day 5 5 of 5
    Day 5
    On the mantel

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