E IS FOR elf power
Persuading a toddler to behave in a way you want is usually down to motivating her to make a good choice until it becomes a habit. And elf power can help.
Elf power is the almost magical influence Santa’s little helpers can have on your toddler’s behaviour. Explain that the elves − though shy and unlikely to be spotted − are busy seeing which children are trying extra hard to be good. Note the “trying” bit – that’s important. Stash a jingle bell out of reach in a kitchen cupboard, and when you spot your little one sharing or being kind to the cat, give it a shake out of sight. After a few jingles and you saying,
“That sounded like the bell on an elf’s hat! I bet he spotted you sharing…”, she’ll soon start to act positively to get the elf’s attention. If she manages to do something she normally finds really tricky, then a “delivery” of a pot of “elf doughnuts” – Cheerios to you and us – rewards her efforts to spectacular effect.