[elfie keeps a watchful eye]
The world has gone elf crazy. These "scout" elves from the north pole are taking over the days leading up to Christmas.
If you have an Elf on the Shelf, you may understand the madness. Why all the fuss? These little elves can be extremely helpful, albeit a bit creepy. [Ever notice how his eyes always seem to be following you?] They scout out behavior and report back to the North Pole each night. Elves should be a mother's best friend. I read the book each year to my kids. It is fairly specific in detailing the elf, its powers, and its mission.
This is where the craziness has taken over. No where in the book does it state that the elf will come into your home and wreak havoc!! Some elves have been known to take all the ornaments off of the tree, make cookies and toss flour everywhere, put toothbrushes in the toilet, or cover a room with post-it notes on every wall. What kind of elf would do that? Not our Elfie!! [It makes no sense to me!!]
A few pointers [from our good elf] to pass along to your elf:
1. Elfie has been know to show up in places that are "problem" areas for our family. Man, he is on it!
2. If Elfie has seen behavior during the day that he just doesn't want to report, he doesn't fly back to the North Pole. [This easily explains why your kids might find the elf in the exact same spot he was in the day before. Perfect time to review the elf's mission! It's not mommy's fault he isn't hiding in a new spot!]
3. Elfie is a good listener. He enjoys hearing little boy's hopes and dreams. He smiles, sits quietly and lets them talk. [This is why he is invited back each and every year.]
PS. Have you seen this blog post? Overachieving mommies-be warned! Someone might be gunning for you in the Starbucks line. It might be me!