“Play is the highest form of research” Albert Einstein

Do you have a secret hand shake? If not, create one. You’ll have fun in the process.

Elf on the Shelf is NOT Dead. Or is he? I can't believe it's already April. Christmas a long fleeting thought...
I've been too busy with Motherhood, working, and playing. Yes, playing.
My anxiety begins each year right after Thanksgiving. This is a rather unusual phenomenon, considering I don't normally get anxious. This is when "Snowball", the Elf, mysteriously appears somewhere in our house. He lives with us for over a month. That would be 27 days of stress, anxiety, & pressure. Elves are silly little varmints and a tattle tales. They are supposed to be playful and mischievous; reeking havoc in our homes. Getting into cereal, candy, hanging from chandeliers etc. Even playing Monopoly. Not ours. Not at all. My nine year old, who just turned 10, cares. She cares a lot. She has an instagram page; she sees all the pics, you talented, creative Mamas are posting. She excitedly goes to bed and abounds the next morning giggling, searching for "Snowball" only to find him in the same place as the day before. Staring at her. No movement, no mischievousness, no candy, no boardgames, & certainly no chandeliers.
Tears. Confusement. My stress off the chart. How can a creative, elementary school teacher, like myself, drop this ball time and time again?
My aha moment... "Amelia, Snowball has special needs"
Let's just turn this situation into real life experiences, shall we? She was quite understanding, rather sympathetic. No longer were tears shed over Snowball. She got it. She Understood. Showed compassion. It was great. Problem solved.
Or is it?

The plot thickens....
I truly love watching this Elf on the Shelf phenomenon unfold. I have friends going ALL out, CreAtiVitY galore,
one-upping the neighbors, proudly posting their feats & bragging. Smiling. Laughing. Creating Memories. Stories their children will remember. Passing on family traditions. Living in the moment, in the present, with their joyous, happy children. Makes me Smile. Why this phenomenon is only limited to one month a year is heart-breaking. Here it is already April, almost Easter. Maybe we should have a mysterious "bunny" magically appear to keep the magical spirit alive...
The truth of the matter is, Elf on the Shelf shouldn't die.
In fact, he isn't dead. He is on vacation. What's dead is the creativity & playing amongst families.
The board games, family dinners, laughter, now replaced with social media, i-phones, and tablets.

I like watching grown-ups relax, let loose, & pretend. I like CreAtiVitY. I like fun & games. We need more of this.
In fact, we need a little dose every day.
A Soul-Recess. A Connection. A Break.

"Play is the highest form of Research" Albert Einstein

Our children need to see us play & laugh. Otherwise, they become conditioned like the rest of the World.
They will believe "adulthood" is daunting, not fun, and quite scary." Some of you are probably chuckling right now thinking it is. ;)

We recently went to Park City for Spring Break and had a layover at the airport...
What to do to pass the time? We played a little chiease jump rope. I guarantee my children wouldn't remember the layover. Maybe, just maybe they will remember playing...

I obviously need a bit of practice... (I have a couple "things" getting in my way of jumping lol)

After "the Lesson" (don't think older kids won't play too :))

Solution? Make everyday "Elf on the Shelf" Day... and PLAY.
Breathe... live in the present....connect daily with your kiddos. and of course...

Live w/ PaSsiOn...

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