Put a positive spin on Elf on the Shelf. Use the “Caught You Being Good” note cards along with your Elf on the Shelf to draw attention to positive behavior, good choices, and acts of kindness from your child – basically, the good stuff you want to see all year long.
Elf on the Shelf Note Cards –> Caught You Being Good Cards
We don’t follow the traditional “rules” of Elf on the Shelf in our house.
Yes, we have an elf who my kids named Peppermint, but he doesn’t report back to Santa if they’ve been misbehaving or bickering with one another.
Because let’s be honest, the threat of having Santa (aka Mom and Dad) take away presents is an empty threat and nothing more.
I’m not really going to take away presents and I don’t want to get in the habit of empty threats over a stuffed doll the kids believe to be watching their every move.
Actually, I don’t want to be in the bad habit of throwing out threats of any kind.
THE JOYFUL JOB OF AN ELF ON THE SHELF
It’s simple, really.
He creates fun and spreads joy.
He plays hide-and-seek and each morning the kids – when I can remember to do it the night before – try to find his new hiding spot. All of it is purely for fun and nothing more. Isn’t that the best part of the holiday magic?
Not some tattletale Elf and trickery to get our kids to behave.
This year, when Peppermint has the kids racing from room to room trying to find him, I decided wanted to add something more… something with purpose.
Psst… if you need new and easy Elf not he Shelf Ideas, you’ll definitely want to check out these 95 quick & easy Elf ideas.
“I CAUGHT YOU BEING GOOD” ELF ON THE SHELF NOTE CARDS SPREAD POSITIVITY & PROMOTE GOOD BEHAVIOR
For the past few months, our family has been focusing on three things: build our children’s confidence, using constructive praise when we see opportunities for it and most recently, simple acts of kindness.
I may be on a mission this holiday season to be more purposeful with gifts, but I am always trying to be purposeful in how I parent and talk to my kids.
This is why, I created the 40 Elf on the Shelf Notes to print, cut out and accompany our elf. (I also made a neutral holiday version that don’t require the Elf on the Shelf doll)
The purpose of the notes is to point out and reinforce positive behavior, kind gestures and characteristics.
It’s not about having perfect, impeccable behavior at all times; but rather praising little acts of kindness, hard work, sweetness, love, generosity and when your kids make good choices.
*Printing Suggestion: For optimal impact, print on cardstock or photo paper and full color.
If You Need Outfits & Accessories for your Elf on the Shelf, These are Fun & Creative!
Be Sure to Also Check Out All of Our Gift Guides:
- Ultimate Guide: 200+ Practical Non Toy Gifts for Kids That Aren’t Junk
- Best Board Games for Kids and Families to Play Together
- Best Gifts for Kids Who Love Arts and Crafts
- Best Outdoor Toys for Kids to Promote Active Play & Healthy Habits
- 40+ Unique Stocking Stuffers for Baby – Toddler (Ages 0 – 3)
- Non-Toy Gifts for Giving Children Experiences Not Things
- Gifts for Kids to Receive in the Mail All Year Round