Elf on the shelf

It is almost that time… that time of the year…the time I am super excited for and probably more excited then my kids!

ELF ON THE SHELF!

I probably kick myself in the butt but I try to do something crazy and different each time I change his spot. Our Elf on the shelf is called ‘Steve’ Don’t ask I have no idea why they came up with that name, but it stuck. Honestly I like it better then Sparkle or some sort of Elf name lol It’s just super random.

Here are some idea’s that I used for Steve, you are welcome to use some of these ideas!! I know that coming up with ideas are hard!

Drawing on the Bananas
Zip lining
X’s and O’s
Spider man
Reindeer poop!
Santa Hat’s on the pictures
Steve in space!
Camping
The Floor is Lava!

What ever you do have fun with it! Channel your inner child and go wild!!

Let them believe in Santa

As it gets close to Christmas, all my kids can talk about is Santa. The excitement just fills the house, and of our Elf on the shelf Steve.

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, the lights, the food and the love that just fills the house, makes me all warm inside.

Some things have come to my attention about letting your kids believe in that jolly ol’ man that is dressed in red. Some parents are questioning if they should tell that little white lie to their kids about Santa being real or not.

My opinion: Yes. Because why the hell not??? Not only is it just amazing to see the magic on their faces when they see him, or hear about him or see presents just appear and magic all around them but it also helps them with their imagination and helps with their emotional development and conjunctive development.

When you child wakes up and sees that Elf on the shelf in different spots, they use their minds to figure out how did it get there? Or be so excited to go to bed because they cant wait to see what crazy nonsense “Steve” will be up to tomorrow. It makes them happy and hearts full, as well as mine.

Why should we be the ones to break the news, instead of them using their beautiful minds to figure it out on their own time line… As the kids get older yes they will get less and less amused by all of it and start to realize that Santa is not a magickal being and more that its your parents love for you that kept him alive for so long to see their excitement, but until that day comes, let them believe!

When you put out those cookies with your kids and Santa eats them or you write “From Santa” on the presents in your own handwriting once your kids begin to doubt that their is a Santa they start to become detectives and put their heads together to find clues and brainstorm together or even do experiments by setting traps for Santa they become little scientists.

Let your kids figure it ourselves, I promise you it is way less heart breaking then you just bringing it up one day saying “Hey kid he is not real” It is way more exciting to them that they know, that they can be “in on the secret” and feel like they are growing up, because that’s all kids want to do is grow up one day, but grow up on their own terms.

In the end the whole family wins, not only do you get to be a kid all over again and use your imagination and fun to get them thinking and to also live in your childhood, they also enjoy it by using their imagination, and figuring life out on their own.

Let your kids grow up on their own, don’t push it… because they grow up way to fast, so hold on to what you can.

Freedom…

Let’s talk Remembrance Day.

This has been weighing on me for years and I am sure it has for others since I’m rarely alone in things that are bothering me, even those sometimes I feel like I am.

If you don’t know what Remembrance Day is, which I hope that is not the case since its a very important day. It is a day where we remember all the men and woman and dogs who fought and died in the war. To give us the freedom that we have today. We should remember them every day, this is a special day dedicated to them.

What has been bugging me is that people get mad at you for putting up Christmas decorations before Remembrance Day. They literally get offended. People that did not fight in the war. People that have no idea what went on in the war. We hear bits and pieces of what happened but we don’t know every single detail.

The word freedom is exactly that, they fought for our freedom so we can do what we want, when we want to.

To me I feel its disrespectful NOT to put up Christmas decorations when you want to. The ones that fought for us and died in the line of duty never got to put up those decorations again… They will never feel the joy and the love that Christmas brings to us. They would want you to put up those fake garland and lights right after you take down those fake cob webs if that is what you choose to do.

They fought for us, so we didn’t have to, They fought for us so that we could have future Christmas’s.

I feel like holding it off for one day, is telling our kids to only remember then one day, but every day that you put on your shoes, get in your car and safely to work. Is exactly what they fought for. So that we did not have to worry. We need to teach our children what freedom really means. We need to stop teaching them “Happy Remembrance Day” and more of what the day actually means.

Instead of blaming Christmas as to why people forget why we have freedom, teach them every day why we do. Put up those Christmas decorations, but also wear your poppy proud over your heart. Tell the kids why you are wearing the poppy and let them wear one too. Remind our kids that even now people are fighting for our freedom, not just the ones that have passed on.

I bet not one of them fought for you to wait one more day to put up your Christmas decorations.

I bet not one of them would be upset that you are happy with your family and putting them up together. I bet not one of them would tell you, that you are disrespecting them for doing what you want, for doing exactly what they fought for Freedom.

So let’s do our part, teaching our kids what they fought for, teaching our kids to respect others and to respect that ones that gave us our lives. Let’s always remember, not just one day, but we can honor them every day by living our lives the way we choose, by living our lives to the fullest.

Surviving Christmas Shopping

I never was big on shopping, even before I had kids.

Now what I mean by that I enjoy buying stuff, I just don’t enjoy going to the mall.

All these YouTube videos and commercials about all these toys that burp, fart and even some of the actually go to on the potty. Robot dogs that you can control and they walk with you like a real dog, and even things that hatch out of eggs!

Going online and you see all these parents going nuts about all the toys that are “IN” They  pay outrageous prices for these toys, lets be honest they will either break or the kids will just get bored of them or the would rather play with the box it came in.

I remember when I was younger and we got the sears wish book and my brother and I would open it and make a huge list of all the toys that we wanted. Even those our parents would only get a few things off our list, but it was still so much fun making that list. Writing to Santa letting him know what we wanted and him listening and pulling those toys out of his bag.

That’s what I get my kids to do, they write a list to Santa… of the toys that they actually want. One it helps them with writing and spelling and it gets their imagination going and excitement to write Santa a letter. Also it helps my husband and I with knowing what to actually buy them. We can walk into the store with a list and confidence knowing what stores we can go in grab what we want and leave.

Instead of hunting down that really big toy thats in, ask your child what they would like for Christmas. Ask them to write a letter to Santa and watch the excitement on their faces. Yes their list might be several pages long, and you might not understand some of the words they are trying to spell, but it will make them happy, and hey maybe pretend to mail it and write a letter back pretending to be Santa saying “I got your letter”

It’s not about how much money to spend on your child, its how much time you spend with them.