How Parents Could Be Sending The Wrong Message With Elf On The Shelf

December 17, 2014 4:05 PM

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How Parents Could Be Sending The Wrong Message With Elf On The Shelf

The Elf on the Shelf sees you when you're sleeping; he knows when you're awake. And he'll tell Santa if you've been good so that you can be rewarded with gifts on Christmas morning -- because whether we like it or not, material rewards are pretty effective motivators.

That's the impetus behind Elf on the Shelf, a doll based on a fictional character plucked from the Christmas traditions of Christa Pitts and Chanda Bell and their mom, Carol Aebersold. When Pitts and Bell were little girls, their mother would place a toy elf named Fisbee in various places around the...

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