Meet Chippy. This is our family elf, sent to us from the North Pole compliments of Santa Claus himself. The kids love and adore him. But our elf is a little bit different from the everyday elf. Our elf doesn’t go around causing mischief. Chippy, our elf, is here to help make sure we find the true spirit of Christmas each year. Today I am going to share with you a few ways you can use your family elf to promote sought after characteristics in your children such as giving, being kind and helping others.
I have spoke with many parents who find the elf craze to be difficult. While I do find the photos of the mischief causing elves funny, it just isn’t what works for our family and that’s ok. Some parents feel like they are being less than stellar parents because their elf just moves around each day (or forgets to move). That’s ok too. Truly kids find the hide and seek game to be tons of fun. To be honest, we play the hide and seek game several days out of the week. However, once in awhile we throw in a quest for the kids. It normally goes something like this. .
Here are several ways you can use your elf to help promote giving actions in your children. I don’t do this everyday, but probably about once a week.
Ways to Use Your Elf to Promote Kindness
– Leave a note with a giving task such as “share with a friend”, “give someone a compliment today” or “show someone how much you love them”.
– Have your elf bring a gift back from the North Pole for your kids to wrap and deliver to a local Toys for Tots drop box or leave on the doorstep of someone in need.
– Pose your elf with baking ingredients and a note saying “Let’s bake some treats and deliver them to someone today to put a smile on their face!”
– Have your elf hold a few dollars and ask your kids to find a way to pay it forward today.
– Have your elf bring craft supplies to make homemade ornaments and ask that they be delivered to the local nursing home once they are finished.
– Have your elf bring a “helping box” that he can bring out from time to time. Inside the box are little slips of paper with small tasks on them that would help out mom such as “do the dishes”, “make your bed”, “feed the dog” (find things that are age appropriate). It’s good to teach your kids to help out at home.
One Bonus Idea – Just for good measure 🙂
– Pose your elf with a notepad and pen. Write a note saying “Lets write Grandma & Grandpa a Love Note and mail it.”.