Inviting an Elf on the Shelf into your home is a great way to ensure your kids are on their best behavior during the holiday season. But sometimes, your kids slip up and have a bad day. With the help of an Elf on the Shelf naughty letter, you can let your kids get off with an Official Warning for naughty behavior.
These cute printable letters are a fun way to help your kids get back on track after a bad day at home. But if you catch them having great behavior, there is a nice letter too!
Printable Elf on the Shelf Naughty Letter
One of the biggest reasons that parents love to bring an Elf on the Shelf into their home is to encourage their kids to really think about their behavior during the holiday season. It’s all about avoiding naughty kids!
No kid (or parent) wants to think their name is anywhere but the nice list! That’s why having a warning system is a good thing to have!
Each day, your family’s elf keeps an eye on your kids to make sure they’re behaving properly and treating each other with kindness. But no matter how amazing your elf is at watching your kids, there will be days when your little ones throw caution to the wind and act out.
It’s an intense time of year for all of us.
Elf on the Shelf and Good Behavior
On those days when your kids don’t seem to care that your elf will be reporting their behavior back to the North Pole at the end of the day, you may need to give your kids an extra reminder of the consequences of bad behavior.
With the help of a printable naughty letter, you can remind your kids about the importance of avoiding bad behavior at Christmas time and sticking with good behavior from now on.
They all want to be on the nice list and a slip up shouldn’t cost them that! Enter the warning letter…
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Elf on the Shelf Warning Letter
Using an “official” naughty letter from Santa Claus is one of the best ways to remind your kids that they need to be good throughout the holiday season. Trust me, kids pay attention to a warning letter from Santa!
These cute printable letters from the desk of Santa allow you to fill out the naughty behavior in question so your kids know exactly what they did wrong. That way, they’ll be less likely to do it again.
To use this Elf on the Shelf warning letter, simply print out the letter and fill out your child’s name and naughty behavior. Then, sign your elf’s name at the bottom to let your kids know that he’s going to be reporting their behavior to Santa when he flies back to the North Pole.
The types of behavior you decide that require a warning letter from Santa will depend on you and your family, but you could consider these naughty actions a good reason to issue a naughty letter:
- Arguing or fighting with a sibling
- Not listening to parents or a teacher
- Getting in trouble at school
- Disobeying their parents or teacher
- Getting a bad grade on an assignment or test
- Being disrespectful to an adult, sibling, or friend
- Throwing a tantrum
- Telling a lie to a parent or other adult
- Being mean to or bullying siblings or friends
- Talking back to parents or other authority figures
- Not finishing their homework
- Yelling or other aggressive behavior
This naughty letter is a great reminder that your kids should always be on their best behavior or they’ll risk ending up on the naughty list on Christmas Eve.
Printable Elf on the Shelf Nice Letter
Just as it’s important to let your kids know when they’ve been naughty, it’s also a good idea to reward your kids when they do something nice. They all want to be on the nice list!
Printing out the Elf on the Shelf nice notice is a great way to show your kid that their elf noticed them doing something good.
Print out the nice letter and fill it out with your child’s name and the good behavior you noticed. Sign your elf’s name to the bottom and set the letter out where your child is sure to find it. Then, make a big deal about the fact that your elf is going to report that good behavior directly to Santa!
There are a variety of good behaviors you can use to reward your child with a nice letter:
- Getting along with their siblings
- Using good manners, like saying please and thank you
- Sharing their toys
- Cleaning up after themselves after playing
- Keeping their room clean
- Helping out around the house
- Finishing all their chores
- Getting a good grade on homework or a test
- Sleeping in their own bed through the night
- Using the potty successfully during the day
- Taking turns with their siblings or friends
- Making their bed without being asked
There are so many great reasons to give your child a reward during the holiday season! Keep an eye on your kids throughout the day and make note of some of the good things they do. Write down some of your favorite good behaviors to include in your nice letter so your kids can see that their elf really is watching them! This positive reinforcement is a great way to encourage your children to stay on track throughout the holiday season.
Need even more Elf on the Shelf help?
If you are looking for more Elf on the Shelf printables, snag some of these. They all feature the same theme so they look like your elf really brought them along!
- Elf on the Shelf Letter for Arrival
- Elf on the Shelf Departure Letter
- Elf Rules
- Elf on the Shelf Naughty Letter
- Elf on the Shelf Nice Letter
And on The Simple Parent, I have even more Elf on the Shelf ideas, including over 50 easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for keeping your elf busy during his or her visit!