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10 times parents abused their Elf on the Shelf

Sometimes the Elf on the Shelf's mischevious tendencies rub off on Mom and Dad—check out 10 ways parents punished Santa's little helper

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Mark Baylor

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!


Forgot to lock the liquor cabinet


#elfontheshelf after

A photo posted by Paula May (@vegancaviar) on Dec 18, 2015 at 9:29am PST