Today we started a new tradition in the Padron house - Elf on the Shelf! It's a cute concept where the Elf on the Shelf appears in a new spot each morning; then reports back to Santa each night.
The Elf appeared on our kitchen table this morning. He brought out all our Christmas place mats & left us a funny Elf Yourself video on the computer.
The boys & I read the Elf on the Shelf book and promptly named our Elf, Gumdrop!
It's amazing how well this is controlling the behavior around our house this morning! Everything nice the boys do, we compliment them and point out that Gumdrop will surely report the good behavior to Santa that night. Everything naughty the boys do, we remind them that Gumdrop is watching. Without exception, this has stopped the undesirable behavior in its tracks! Awesomeness!