The Elf on Our Shelf is Terrorizing Our Kids

BY: - 27 Nov '12 | Parenting

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I was very excited, when I first learned about The Elf on the Shelf® Christmas tradition last year. I thought, this is such a clever idea and something that my kids will enjoy next year.  But when I saw the scout elf in person for the first time, I thought…hmmm this little elf is kind of creepy.  The face looks like one of the puppets or clowns that were always in the scary movies I saw as a child.  And I did not like the fact that it did not have any feet.  I never said it out loud..it’s just something I thought in my head.

Needless to say, I was very excited about this tradition (that was started in 2005) and wanted to introduce it to my kids.  So I decided to purchase the book and buy my own elf…..one that I thought was cheap cute.

On the Friday after Thanksgiving, like clockwork, the kids and I put up the Christmas tree.  We were feeling the holiday spirit all day long…….singing Christmas carols, wearing Santa hats…everything.  By that evening, I thought, it’s time for the girls to meet their Elf.  I hadn’t purchased the book yet…but I was sure that I could find the story on the Internet. Because quite frankly…you can find everything on the Internet.

Sure enough, I found someone, on YouTube, reading the story of how the elf serves as Santa’s eyes and ears. And every night, it travels back to the North Pole to tell Santa if you have been naughty or nice.  Our six year was bubbling with excitement.  But our 4 year old, she displayed a nervous type of excitement.  She was wide eyed and her mouth was open.  She was smiling…but quiet.

Click here to see what happened next. It is NOT what we expected LOL. 

 

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Ronnie Tyler wrote 480 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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Jada Pinkett-Smith Takes To Facebook To Defend Daughter’s Choice

BY: - 28 Nov '12 | On the Web

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Willow Smith started out whipping her hair back and forth, but as of February began wearing a much shorter, buzz cut. Ever since, the 12-year-old’s bold choice has been a source of controversy and after months of criticism from the media and parents alike, Jada Pinkett-Smith has come forth to defend her daughter’s right to wear her hair as she pleases.

In Pinkett-Smith’s Facebook post, she writes:

The question why I would LET Willow cut her hair. First the LET must be challenged. This is a world where women, girls are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are HER domain. Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair. It’s also a statement that claims that even little girls have the RIGHT to own themselves and should not be a slave to even their mother’s deepest insecurities, hopes and desires. Even little girls should not be a slave to the preconceived ideas of what a culture believes a little girl should be.

Despite earlier questioning of Will and Jada’s parenting, many are in agreement with what she had to say. Two popular sites in particular, The Frisky and Clutch Magazine, showed support for mom’s response. Though she is considered fashion forward for her age, Willow also faced criticism for the outfit she wore in her video, I Am Me, a song which asks for acceptance of who she is.

While Will  Smith stated  his views on teaching her to be in control of her body some time ago in an interview with Parade, neither parent seems very interested in being told how to raise their daughter. Read the entire article on TheGrio.

BMWK– Do you agree with Willow’s parents? Would you allow your child to dress the way Willow has? How would you handle criticism toward your child’s choice of appearance?

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Stacie Bailey is a graduate of Quinnipiac University with a master's degree in Interactive Communications. She has strong interests in youth, social media and an overall love for sharing knowledge and information.

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