The Elf On The Shelf Warning Note All Parents Need

Why I LOVE using this Elf on the Shelf Warning Note

Four years ago, I made the unfortunate mistake of purchasing an Elf on the Shelf and introducing it to the kids the day after Thanksgiving. Every year since, our elf Fred joins us for the holiday season on the day after Thanksgiving. On Night #2, I forgot to move him. By this morning, Day 4, the kids have already forgotten that they have to be good. So I printed out my first Elf on the Shelf warning note of the season.

An Elf on the Shelf warning note is perfect to use on days when just having the Elf there watching isn't enough! Contains other Elf on the Shelf ideas, too.

This Elf of the Shelf warning note is probably the most useful thing I’ve ever stumbled across on Pinterest…works wonders! When they see the note (and if they’re really bad Fred is missing too) there’s usually crying involved, begging and pleading, and on occasion, good behavior for days on end!

You can learn more about the history of this Elf on the Shelf warning note and how to print out your own notes here. What I usually do is just save a copy of the note and then open it in PicMonkey so I can “write” the note in different writing than my own since Ethan would recognize it immediately.

You’ll find a ton of other Elf on the Shelf  ideas to keep your Elf busy this year, on my Pinterest board Elf on the Shelf on Pinterest…it’s one of my most visited boards during the holidays. I’ve also got Christmas recipes, ideas, decor, books (including this year’s schedule for ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas!) and more here on my blog as well as on my All Things Christmas Pinterest board.

Like the Elf on the Shelf warning note, another thing that works well for us when the kids are being bad is a call to Santa. I’ll be explaining that one tomorrow!


  1. I think this is the last year that the kids won’t be able to read . . . I mean, CJ is making some strides in kindergarten, but he’d spend more time looking at this and fretting over what it *might* say rather than taking heed to the warning.

    That said, I want to hire an actor to dress up as Santa & send him text videos telling him exactly what was reported by the Elf on the Shelf.
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  2. I still think this is hilarious. I hope you save the Elf notes for them!
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