December is finally here! The annual ritual of transforming my home into a Christmas cottage is complete (well, sort-of complete). The holiday cards are ordered and on their way soon (hopefully soon). And the hype of Bob the Elf arriving has come and gone. He came flying in and magically appeared as soon as my husband and I brought in the tree. I was able to take a moment to talk to Bob before my son came home from school. The elf was really happy to hear of all the family fun but what really picked up Bob’s painted eye bows was my blogging position for Runitlikeamom!
Bob the Elf started to tell me about a fellow elf friend that has been bragging about starting a blog on top toy elf recommendations and suggestions, but he keeps dragging his sewn-together hands on starting it. I then asked if he wanted to help me with my blog post this week and Bob the Elf was so happy with the proposal that he did cartwheels! So, without further ado, here is Bob the Elf on some tips to help your kids stay off the Naughty List this year!
“Merry milk and cookies to you all!” My name is Bob the Elf and I am the Fecsos’ honorary holiday elf (giggle). A holiday elf is an assignment that has been given by Santa, personally, to oversee your little gumdrops and report our findings to the North Pole and determine a child’s status as Naughty or Nice. Countless confectionery hours of conferences each and every night take place between us elves and Santa before we come to the status decision. Over the years of my observations, I have drawn up some tips to help the children lean more toward the Nice side of the list!
Doing errands around the holidays:
Christmas and Hanukkah are all about the spirit of giving and receiving and sometimes I see your little gingerbread boys and girls tipping the scales more to the latter. Just the other day Robin had this issue while doing errands with her son. All Nathanael wanted was a little present from the store they were at and wouldn’t back down!
Here is an icing of an idea:
(1) Have your child point to the thing they like.
(2) You, or your little candy cane, can take the picture of the item.
(3) Let them know it is going to their holiday elf (that’s me – giggle) to take to Santa!
This worked like a charm bracelet and here are some pictures that Robin’s son took from their last outing at the store!
Use the holiday elves as a lesson to learn:
After speaking with Robin, another area that has been hard to handle here and there is listening (which 5-year-old has perfect hearing, am I right?!) So, I let her know another tip – use us holiday elves as examples! Robin’s son mentioned to me that he wanted to see me in the Christmas tree the following day. The next morning he found me in the spot he asked for! Robin then went on to say to Nathanael that I listened to him and did what he asked of me. Another observation I made with Robin’s son last year is that he tried to touch me. For those of you who know the rules of the holiday elf, that is a nugget-no-no! But all Nathanael wanted to do is hug me, how can we get mad at the little sugarplum for that? So we compromised! Santa gave me a plush elf instead. It looks just like me but soft and cuddly (giggle). Robin’s son has named him and brings him up to bed at night – oh happy days!
More family fun:
My last tip is the most important thing that I have witnessed over the years of Nathanael’s happiness when the family plays games together. The best way to keep a child from the Naughty List is to play games and keep the little Hersey Kisses, smiling!
Some holiday examples are:
(1) Snowman Pop and Catch Game (just $2.99 at Party City) that you can even play indoors with your child on those chilly snowy days.
(2) A Holiday Window Gel Cling Puzzle (also found at Bed, Bath and Beyond for $4.99). Santa packed this activity in my bag to give to Nathanael the day I flew in, and Robin and her son had a great time putting it together (giggle)!
(3) Of course, any board game will do (Candy Land is my favorite – especially if it is made out of chocolate)! Us holiday elves love watching family game nights too (just remember to hash tag the phase #Thanksforgaming on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram).
Well there you have it, Bob the Elf’s tips for helping your kid stay on the Nice List throughout the holiday season! Bob the Elf also made a video (linked below and keep your eyes pealed for it on social media too) that he made for you all which includes a special holly balls shout-out to the Runitlikeamom crew racing in the Ugly Sweater Run in Hartford CT on Saturday. Is anyone else running that race? If so, we hope to see you there. Thank you Bob the Elf for helping me with my blog post this week! I’m sure you are going to be the talk among the elves (and probably win a blogger spot on that top-toy blog for sure!)
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