I understand the premise behind the whole idea. Lets go out and buy this Elf to make our kids behave. I just don't understand how an elf making messes in your house encourages good behavior. I know that some people just have their elf sitting around not really doing much, but I have seen that elf make some major messes. It boggles my mind how he or she could actually be helping. I guess it is just the fun letting the Elf be bad and giving your kids a good laugh,
Growing up my parents/grandparents had their own version of Elf on the Shelf. It went by many names; the hand attached to Mama's arm, the switch on the Easter bush, or the one we were all to familiar with, the belt around Daddy's waist.
We found it difficult to misbehave when we knew these things were just around the corner. Don't get me wrong we got into mischief, all kids do. It never seemed to be a week that went by that one of my brothers wasn't getting a "whipping" or being disciplined in some way. I was always better behaved than them two, but I still got into a few mishaps every now and then.
Today it seems that we see more and more children getting into trouble. I don't just mean a little trouble, I am talking pulling jail time, hurting others and even killing people. The world has become a very dangerous place to live in. I am convinced if we had more of that discipline from my childhood right now the world would be a better place.
I guess if you want your Elf on the Shelf have one, but don't let him/her take the place of good old fashioned discipline.
"That's my 'two-cents worth', what's yours?"