Sunday, 22 December 2013

My Naughty Elf

The threat of Santa not coming, and more recently, the threat of Aaron being on his naughty list, has been my main form of child discipline for about a month or more now.

What will I say after Christmas?

We haven't yet adopted a naughty step or time-out but I guess we will very soon have to.

Yesterday, his new Thomas & The Breakdown Train - his first grown up Hornby train set, got boxed away, due to his being naughty.  He cried so much that we ended up having cuddles on the sofa.  But we seem to be at the age now, where unless I show that certain behaviour has consequences, we'll go down a road, street-named Brat Street and I want to set my parental Sat Nav so that we go anywhere but there.

This is my Elf, as naughty as any Elf on the Shelf:

The whole Elf on the Shelf craze passed us by until it was too late to get involved.  On 2nd December I went on Amazon and they were all gone, apart from the odd thing that was over £30.

I am so glad that despite getting toys to review, he still has his heart set on a particular toy: his Jake & The Neverland Pirates Jake Lego Boat.  Just because of seeing it in the Lego tent at Lollibop in August.  Not fickle my son; he's stayed steadfast, but then it is a programme that he watches everyday on Disney Junior.  I got the whole set from +JohnLewis, and thankfully it all arrived yesterday.  Big sigh of relief there; it was the first thing that entered my mind as I woke (whether it would arrive in time).  Silly me, +Kiddicare was doing the boat for £10 off a few weeks ago, and I kept putting off buying it.  Anyhow, you live and learn.

So what I am going to do is, say the Pirate Ship Bucky is from Santa, and the two things to go with it (above) are from Mummy & Daddy.  I want him to feel like he gets something from Mummy & Daddy too.   We did that last year too, but last year it all went over his head.  In fact, last year was a little bizarre.  He woke up to a fireplace full of wrapped gifts and was too in awe, or scared or I don't know what, to touch any of them, so we packed them all in the boot of the car, and drove to Folkestone to our friend's for Xmas dinner.  There, he was really excited to open their present, whilst still not having opened any of ours.  We'd booked a hotel, so we were there boxing day too.  His main £84 wooden train set, that was our present to him from Santa did not get opened until we were back in London.  I found it all rather odd as I have been a big kid all my life, so presents are opened within 90 seconds of me waking, but I guess it is all a bit much for a 2 year old.  I can already tell it will all be very different this year!

Anyway, that's all for now, too much needs doing, so I am not in the mood to write an essay.  I hope all my readers are well and in the festive spirit.  Mine got taken away last night, by an ill-thought-out comment on Facebook, but I am *trying* to put it out of my mind.  Tis the season to be jolly after all!

All the best,
Liska & Aaron

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