For the first few years that you had him or her, your Elf On The Shelf was respected by the children in your home.  The knew that the elf was always watching them.  He or she was watching how they treated others and how well they followed the directions of their parents.  And, each night, the elf would fly back to the North Pole and report their behavior to Santa.

But, after a few years, they started to lose respect for their elf.  Even though they knew the elf was watching, they disobeyed their parents, didn't do their homework, and were mean to their brothers and sisters.

What do you do to get them back on the right track?

If you have an Alexa device, you could try this...

Unless you are lucky enough to be tight with the REAL Santa Claus, you need to enlist a friend or coworker who can do a really good Santa impression.  After you've done that, make sure the kids are near one of the home's Alexa devices (TV, Echo, whatever)  Then, using the Alexa app, select COMMUNICATE and ANNOUNCE.  Tap the microphone and have your wannabe-Santa record a message.  When I did this, I had my "Santa" gently remind my daughters to be kind to everyone and obey their mom and dad.  Finally, send it.  In most cases, the message will play across every device in the house.  We've found that it will actually turn the Alexa Fire TV on so that it can play the message.

Alternatively, if you are lucky enough to have the right apps on your phone (or a recording studio), you can record a pitched up message from your elf.

Personally, though, I find the Santa impersonator works better.

If you give this a try, let us know how well it worked.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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