My Kid touched the Elf on the Shelf, now what? Here’s What to Do if Your Kids Touches the Elf on the Shelf

What to Do if Your Kids Touches the Elf on the Shelf

What to Do if Your Kids Touches the ‘Elf on the Shelf’

I can tell you first hand that I spend a lot of time on our Elf on the Shelf. I put him in different poses leading up to Christmas and we have a lot of fun with it. However, sometimes there is that one child that wants to touch the Elf. When this happens I try to keep my cool, but I have come up with a list of things to say and do when or if your kids touch the Elf on the Shelf.

Be sure to put on your sarcasm hat when you’re reading these ideas.

  1. Break into tears. I KNOW you can reach deep down inside of yourself and bring those tears out. Not the fake sobbing kind that your kid knows are fake, bring on the real tears girl. Your kid should feel bad for touching that Elf and tears are the only way to do that.
  2. Elf payback is the worse. Don’t even let your kid know you saw him touching the elf. Elf payback is always the worse. While your child is sleeping, have the elf do something naughty to them. Perhaps putting shaving cream on their hands in one thing you could do, so they get it all over themselves. Or you could pour water on their bed and make them think they peed themselves.
  3. “He’s watching you and can tell me everything.” If your child believes in Elf in the Shelf than he/she probably believes that your Elf is watching. It doesn’t have to be creepy, but if you find out that your child touched the Elf, you can simply say “I know you touched, Elf tells me everything.” Kids are sensitive and will probably believe your lie.
  4. He will become an ice-cube. Something you could do if your child touches the Elf in your house is put your elf in the freezer. You’ll have to put him in a container with water to make him freeze like an ice-cube. How horrifying would it be to make your child watch his/her elf unfreeze, all because they couldn’t keep their hands to themselves.
  5. Put the Elf on strike. Some kids just won’t stop touching no matter what you do. Just like moms go on strike when we’re mad, put that elf on strike. Make that little guy or gal a picket sign and stick it to your kids. If they can’t follow the rules that elf is going on strike for the season. Sprinkle some pixie dust (glitter) on the Elf and he will come back to life!
  6. Tell them “every time they touch the elf, Santa brings them one less gift on Christmas morning.” If there’s anything your child wants for Christmas, it’s their gifts. Each time they touch the elf, they get one less present. Of course, this will bring on the waterworks, so use this excuse sparingly.
  7. “Every time you touch the Elf on the Shelf a reindeer dies.” Some of you parents have to get serious with your kids. They just don’t get that it’s against the rules to touch that Elf on a Shelf. If they refuse to listen, a few reindeer are going to have to die this year due to your child’s disobedience.

For all the parents in disbelief that a parent would say these things to their kid over an Elf on the Shelf, this post is pure satire (but seriously, #4 and #5 is the go-to ones for us). However, if your kid isn’t listening to you on this Elf issue, you may have to pull out some Elf on the Shelf No Touching Ammunition.

For a few easy ways to fix this problem, here’s what you need to do:

Have your child write a note to Santa or to your Elf, saying “sorry”! Have them sprinkle a little cinnamon on their Elf. If you want to take it another step, have the kids sing Christmas carols. I could do without the extra noise, so I’m not doing that. Having the boys write a note to Santa and sprinkle cinnamon seems to work well for us!

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What to Do if Your Kids Touches the Elf on the Shelf


If you’re new to the whole Elf on the Shelf idea, then you can read about what this whole crazy phenomenon is all about HERE and the introduction of our Elf- Elfie!

You can get your own Elf on the Shelf from Amazon.

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