Thursday, December 12, 2013

Kindness Elves

I don't have a problem with the Elf on the Shelf.  Sure, it's a lot of work for the parents but the reward -- the awe, excitement and magic, makes the work worthwhile.   However, I think this author is on to something with incorporating a bit of kindness into the tradition.   Not saying we'll do away with Elf on the Shelf, or try to make this kindness elf a nightly tradition, but wouldn't it be nice to blend a little of both into your child's holiday experience...  via ImaginationTree

  • They will be holding little suggestions for acts of kindness, love or helpfulness that we can do together that day for e.g. “Let’s collect some of your toys and give them away to the children’s hospital”, “let’s make some cookies for the neighbours”, “shall we visit an elderly friend/ relative?” etc
  • When they see the children doing kind and lovely things, they will leave a little note for them to find in the morning e.g. “Oh I loved it when I saw you sharing your new book with your little sister” or “you were very kind to help your Mummy load the dishwasher!” etc
  • Some mornings they may wake up to find the elves have lined up their shoes, tidied their coats, got the breakfast things ready or fixed a broken toy etc. Modelling direct ways to be kind and helpful as a prompt for the children in the day.