E IS FOR elf power

Living and Loving - - FAMILY INSPIRATION -

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.

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