You and I are stressing way too much about whether to drop $30 on the Elf on the Shelf.
We both think it’s kind of dumb, although it looks fun. We can’t stand the idea of an elf reporting to Santa whether or not the children have been naughty or nice.
We’ve considered doing this: allowing the elf to do some of the fun hide-n-seek things like make snow angels in sugar and instead of the whole ‘spying’ idea, we’d do a ‘giving’ elf, i.e. have little suggestions on ideas for the kids to give to others or do nice things to others.
Of course, we, as parents, could teach the children to give to others and do for others. So much stress! 🙂
Here’s a snap of our conversation:
Well, we just need to take a deep breath and trust that no elf this year does not equal a scarred childhood.