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#1 belinda1976

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:55 PM

My girls have been fighting like cats and dogs lately and my DD1 is giving me the biggest attitude of late too... and I'm over it.

In the lead up to Xmas I keep reminding them that "Santa is watching if you're good" etc etc so I thought I might also send them a naughty letter in the post from Santa (or something along those lines) just to remind them to behave themselves.

Has anyone done anything like this?  I've had a quick search on the web and can't find much.



#2 Feral_Pooks

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:00 PM

Run.

#3 Expelliarmus

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:01 PM

I don't think that will solve any of the problems.

#4 belinda1976

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:05 PM

PP that's fine you are entitled to your opinion.

I just wanted something to use as a gentle reminder that they still need to behave.  Believe me they are punished whenever they are naughty.

#5 feral fembo bull

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:06 PM

Replied in your double thread to say:

My father used to pretend to be Father Christmas outside and be big  and gruff. It's not a pleasant memory and still makes me shudder 45 odd  years later.

I wouldn't do it personally, unless you want an  early kickstart to their need for therapy as an adult. Christmas should  be about joy, not fear.

#6 Expelliarmus

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:07 PM

You could try focusing on when they do the right thing and rewarding those moments.

#7 belinda1976

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:09 PM

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You could try focusing on when they do the right thing and rewarding those moments


I do that too.

#8 JJ

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:09 PM

I don't see what it would achieve, unless you think it's desirable for them to follow unsolicited advice from some random dude in a red suit.

I don't think behaviour and Christmas (whether you "do" Santa or not) should be linked, although the carols tell us otherwise.

#9 Mariamsmum

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:10 PM

I've used the portable north pole which sends a video message from santa and can remind them to continue to build on specific skills.
It is completely customisable and very well done (I have only done the middle one, not the naughty child one though).

http://www.portablenorthpole.com/home


#10 kez71

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:12 PM

One of my friends just told me her work collegue did that for her 4 year old. It was worded something like "I was disapointed to see your name go from the good list to the naughty list, however I wanted to let you know there is still time to get back on the good list" LOL, I thought it was a clever idea, but really it depends on how young the kids are. Apparently he isn't fighting with his brother and is generally being good. So for her it worked. Id certainly give it a try

#11 julz78

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:13 PM

Last year we did the portable north pole videos for my kids, we made my 6yr old son a nice one and my 13yr old a naughty one for a laugh, said things like santa saw you picking your nose.

#12 Mrs Bouquet

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:14 PM

http://www.portablenorthpole.com/home

There is a video message here from Santa. The free one has the options of nice and or naughty child. Gives them a little reminder lol

I'm a bit slow in typing I see lol

Edited by MrsBouquet, 27 November 2012 - 10:17 PM.


#13 LambChop

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:16 PM

Will you actually follow through if behaviour doesn't meet your expectations ?

#14 belinda1976

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:17 PM

That's for the replies to the links.  I might do that too.  In the meantime this is what I came up with:

Dear DD1

My elves here at the North Pole have been watching all the children in the world through their magical snow globe.  

I see that you have mostly been good this year. You are doing well in kindergarten and are a nice little girl most of the time. Good for you!

But I also see that you fight with your little sister often, don’t stay in your bed and are sometimes a little bit rude at your mummy and daddy.  Those kinds of things can put a little girl the naughty list.

There is still time for you to be nice and be a good little girl.  You are 6 year old now and are growing up so fast.  My elves will be watching and will send you another letter in a few weeks to see how you are doing.

Lots of love
Santa

PS – I see that you have put your Christmas tree up!  It looks beautiful and I can’t wait to put a few presents under the tree for you!

Edited by belinda1976, 27 November 2012 - 10:17 PM.


#15 B.feral3

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:20 PM

I think it sounds a bit mean OP. NMS.

#16 tle

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:21 PM

Sorry OP I have no advice but your question reminded me of a funny phone call I had back when I used to sell personalised books (I don't anymore).

At Christmas time I used to do personalised Santa letters too and I had a call from someone called Hamish who wanted me to write a letter to a very naughty boy called Andy. He went on to tell me all the terrible things Andy had done that he wantedme to include in the letter. I didn't realise it until well into the call that it was a prank call for the Hamsih & Andy radio show. The show didn't air in my area so I'd barely heard of them and didn't really get the joke until I saw them on TV a few months later.

#17 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:22 PM

I think the whole idea is awful and the letter is terrible.

#18 *Lib*

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:23 PM

QUOTE (belinda1976 @ 27/11/2012, 10:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That's for the replies to the links.  I might do that too.  In the meantime this is what I came up with:

Dear DD1

My elves here at the North Pole have been watching all the children in the world through their magical snow globe.  

I see that you have mostly been good this year. You are doing well in kindergarten and are a nice little girl most of the time. Good for you!

But I also see that you fight with your little sister often, don’t stay in your bed and are sometimes a little bit rude at your mummy and daddy.  Those kinds of things can put a little girl the naughty list.

There is still time for you to be nice and be a good little girl.  You are 6 year old now and are growing up so fast.  My elves will be watching and will send you another letter in a few weeks to see how you are doing.

Lots of love
Santa

PS – I see that you have put your Christmas tree up!  It looks beautiful and I can’t wait to put a few presents under the tree for you!

I think that's ok

#19 belinda1976

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:24 PM

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I think it sounds a bit mean OP. NMS.


How??? I thought it was said in the nicest possible way.

TBH I wanted a bit of advice from people that have done this or have any ideas and as per usual everyone has to give their negative 2 cents worth.

IMO there is no harm done at the end of the day sending your child a letter reminding them to behave themselves!  My kids are disciplined when they do something wrong or are rude and they are also praised when done something right or lovely.

Geez!!!

Edited by belinda1976, 27 November 2012 - 10:27 PM.


#20 blackbird

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:26 PM

I have tried telling my kids Santa is not real, 5 and 4, DS5 tells me I am wrong which is funny coming from a kid  who looks at me funny if I tell him fairies are making the trees move original.gif

#21 belinda1976

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:26 PM

Thanks Lib  wink.gif

LOL tle  - love Hamish & Andy  biggrin.gif

#22 LambChop

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:27 PM

QUOTE
Dear DD1

My elves here at the North Pole have been watching all the children in the world through their magical snow globe.

I see that you have mostly been good this year. You are doing well in kindergarten and are a nice little girl most of the time. Good for you!

I love seeing you being a nice and be a good little girl. You are 6 year old now and are growing up so fast. My elves will be watching and will send you another letter in a few weeks to see how you are doing.

Lots of love
Santa

PS – I see that you have put your Christmas tree up! It looks beautiful and I can’t wait to put a few presents under the tree for you!


#23 Expelliarmus

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:29 PM

I do think ^ that one is much better

#24 belinda1976

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:30 PM

Lamb Chop that is great too - thank you  cclap.gif

#25 Ireckon

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:31 PM

I now someone who gave their child a box of potatoes from santa because in the lead up to christmas - like 2 months worth -he was being really really naughty, and had a stubborn faith that he could behave that way and santa would still give him a gift.

Of course, the box of spuds DID have a note for mum and dad saying if they believed their son had it in him to be a good boy, then a gift was left in another location in the house.

Some may say its mean, but you know what, it's a great story, and yes, it helped with his behaviour - especially this year!

And to be perfectly honest, I do use the 'Santa is watching' threat myself. So in using that, if I really did feel that it was warranted, then yes, I would follow through with a severe santa consequence. My own 4y.o. DS can be very defiant in that he feels he can behave however he wants without missing out on things, and is still learning the hard way that not following house rules will lead to a ban in screen time.




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