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6 times parents abused their Elf on the Shelf

Sometimes the Elf on the Shelf's mischievous tendencies rub off on Mom and Dad—check out 6 ways parents punished Santa's little helper

By Hannah Doolin
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Parents love to use Elf on the Shelf as a bargaining tool for good behavior during the holidays, and we can't get enough of the creative set-ups that parents come up with. But sometimes the Elf's mischevious tendencies rub off on Mom and Dad, and the Elf on the Shelf ideas get a little silly! While there are still plenty of powdered-sugar snow angels and marshmallow snowball fights going on, some elves are getting a bit of abuse from clever parents. Check out some of the sticky situations they got him into below!

Do you have a hilarious idea that we need to see? Send us photos at kids.ny@timeout.com with ELF ON THE SHELF in the headline plus your name, borough and a little description of the scenario for a chance to be featured! Don't forget to check out our last-minute suggestions for holiday gifts for kids and read a few Christmas books for kids before bedtime on Christmas Eve!

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