Let’s face it, the Elf is here to help us blackmail our children into behaving!
Honestly, the Elf can be exhausting and if you check out Facebook or Instagram there must be a secret competition among parents to see who can out Elf each other. It is almost like our parenting legacies ride on how creative we become at hiding an Elf for 20 some odd days. This tradition is almost out of control.
Although I do have fun with the Elf, I have already forgetten to hide the Elf and he was in the same spot for two days in a row. Heck, this morning I ran down the steps and threw him in a cereal box before my kids complained he didn’t move again. So I am clearly out of the Competitive Elf Hiding Contest for 2014.
If you are in the same boat as me, here is my 2014 Elf on the Shelf survival guide.
1) Don’t Try to Compete
This is a losing battle. Yesterday, I saw someone who created a miniature replica of Santa’s Workshop out of Legos complete with snow and glitter!!! This was supposedly made by the Elf…CRAZY!
2) Stay Calm
As I mentioned earlier, the Elf was in the same spot for two days at our house. When my son asked me why, I started stuttering like I was being interrogated for a horrible crime.
If this happens to you, just stay calm and say oh…he does that sometimes if he likes that hiding spot.
3) Keep it Simple
It doesn’t take much to amuse a five year old, so keep it simple. Utilize easy hiding spots like stockings, the Christmas Tree, and readily accessible toys. Throwing your Elf in the fridge constitutes as a great hiding spot!
4) Don’t Expect Good Behavior Because the Elf is in your House
If you really think your kids are going to be Angels until Christmas because the Elf is in your house, then think again. Personally, I would have been freaked out if an Elf lived in my house when I was little.
Think about what we tell our children: This creepy little stranger doesn’t move, blink, breathe, or flinch until you go to sleep. Then he has total freedom to roam the house and do stuff our children aren’t allowed to do!
5) Take Pictures and Post Them
You will also want these pics when the kids are older, so you can look back and show them how much you loved them because you hid the elf every night! (that’s a joke).
6) Have Fun
Our children are only young once and they love the elf. So I am going to make an effort to make them happy. It is fun seeing their faces when the elf is in a new crazy spot in the morning.
I just won’t be creating any Lego Cities with the elf anytime soon.