Post # 16
SoonAsYouCan: Well, I can’t really think of any other examples that a child being afraid would ruin something for the whole class. Usually the child with the fear can leave the class/not participate, but in this case the elf is a constant presence and he has to deal with the fear all day long.
serenitysky: Haha. I’d be careful that cutting him open wouldn’t scare the kid more!
Post # 17
MrsCallalily: Oh yeah I spoke to them. They gave him (my son) lots of support and reassurance (it sounds like anyway I’m not there of course) – but it’s a big centre and they’ve been doing it for a couple years. This is my son’s first year with them and his first exposure to elf on the shelf. I don’t know it’s the ‘thing to do’ now I guess right? It seems like everyone does it now. It’s so popular. We sure won’t be doing it now that we’ve seen his reaction!
Post # 18
Hell, I’M afraid of the elf on the shelf. Spooky.
Post # 19
Sunshine09: Poor kid. 🙁 I would probably try as PP suggested and tell him it’s not real. Maybe that would help ease his mind.
Although, I am in agreement, real or not, it’s creepy.
Post # 20
We have an elf on the shelf at home, but we don’t do the traditional elf on the shelf thing. We started it last year, and we would hide him somewhere obvious in our house and ask her to find him (she was 1 at the time). She loved finding him and giving him hugs and hiding him herself. We don’t tell her that he’s watching for good behavior or that she’s not allowed to touch him.
Post # 21
Sunshine09: there was another mom who had a similar problem and she transformed the elf to have better intentions. https://ca.news.yahoo.com/winnipeg-mom-gives-threatening-elf-120032357.html Kindness the elf!
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The weird thing is it’s not an old Christmas tradition. It’s a commercial venture: a book which was published in 2005.
(And the elf is creepy).
Post # 24
SoonAsYouCan: the schools have to cater otherwise they’d get parental complaints.
Elf on the Shelf is super creepy. We’re not doing it in our class because we want the kids to behave for the sake of behaving, not because an Elf is watching them for one month out of the year. I feel like it gives them license to be bad the rest of the year (“there’s no elf watching me now, yay, I’m free to do what I want!”).
Post # 25
I dont have kids but I’m 25 and the Elf on the shelf scares the crud out of me. I don’t blame the poor kid. I think the whole concept is awful.
Post # 26
Yeah no, Elf on the Shelf is crap. I would talk to the daycare and see if can maybe stop or move it to a differ area.
Post # 27
My step mother does Elf on the Shelf for my little brothers (7 and 4) and has done since the oldest one was about 3 or 4. We have all been under strict instructions not to tell either of the boys that the elf is watching them though – instead, we just say that he likes to visit around Christmas time and play pranks. They think he is hilarious, but I can completely understand how a child might think the elf is scary or creepy. The fact that it’s at daycare makes it more difficult, too, as it doesn’t sound like they’re going to stop doing it.
Post # 28
No kids yet, but we will never do Elf on the Shelf. Is Santa not enough?
Post # 29
Sunshine09: am freaking terrified of it… creepiest mothafuka ever…
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