As a busy Mom of 3- having an Elf on the Shelf watching over everything my kids do is a lifesaver during the holidays. Our 3 year old named our Elf “Patrick” (she wanted to name him Spongebob and we compromised) Patrick has been on the tree, in the fridge, having a tea party, and now Patrick has to go home.
I am devastated because for the past 3 weeks if my daughter was close to having a meltdown- all I had to do was say Patrick was watching- and suddenly the crocodile tears stopped. Even my older kids who are 15 and 13 would stop acting up if I reminded them of Patrick- and they know better!
Now it’s Christmas and Patrick has to go home to the North Pole. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Patrick could stay until next Christmas, or at least Easter? I know it’s against the rules- but who makes these rules anyway?! Is there an “Elf on the Shelf” rules committee that will come to my house and make me send him back? Probably not. (although people are taking this craze way too seriously)
I pride myself in being a rule breaker- and this year Patrick is staying. He’s become an honorary member of our household- plus my 3 year old has literally transformed into an Angel. Keeping him around for a few months may not be such a bad idea.
By the time I am done writing this post- the makers of “Elf on the Shelf” will come up with a new Elf to help out parents. (and make a lot more $$$) You can bet I will be first line to buy it! In the meanwhile- when the kids are sleeping we’ll let Patrick have some fun- and make it rain!
Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad!