I feel as if we live in an overly critical day and age. Here we are trying to be the best parents we can be and sometimes our convictions on parenting come across judgmental towards others. Maybe it's just my perception, but I feel particularly bombarded by it this time of year.
Case in point:
The other night, I was with some of my CC moms and we were chatting. A question was posed, "Do y'all do the elf thing?" The first thing out of my mouth, "Yes, but let me explain." WHY? Why, was that my first response? Later I said, "I mean, he doesn't report to Santa or anything. It's just for fun." To which one of the moms piped up and said, "Ours reports to Santa." Good for her, I thought.
And so it goes.
I think hyper-critical parenting is all heightened by social media. The world gets to see little snippets of our lives and that's it. With one little picture on Instagram, tweet, or status update, we make snap judgments. We all do it.
So here it is, even though I don't need to explain...but because I do....
We do Santa--on our terms (click HERE if interested). We do the elf--on our terms. We give gifts at Christmas, and birthdays, and Valentines, and Halloween, and as often as we can. Jesus gives us gracious gifts daily of which we don't deserve! And those gifts we give--my kids tire of them eventually. I think that's a good lesson on how things of this world pass away. ;)
Oh...and my baby sleeps on her stomach! Gasp!
*jumping off my soapbox and putting the elf back on the shelf *
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After Thanksgiving our elf, Bernard, will jump back up on the shelf and I will have more ideas coming your way. For now, here are some of Bernard's past shenanigans...
click HERE for 25 elf on the shelf ideas
click HERE for more ideas