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Your Elf on the Shelf is out to destroy you

3 facts that prove your Elf on the Shelf is out to destroy you

Your Elf on the Shelf is out to destroy you

Ah, the holidays are upon us. This probably means that a magical little Elf on the Shelf has returned from the North Pole to put smiles on your kids’ faces, and the joy of Christmas in their hearts.

Not to mention a great big frigging knife right in your back.

That’s right. Your Elf on the Shelf is trying to kill you. Don’t believe us? Don’t be so naïve. Your elf has it out for you, just like ours has it out for us.

And here’s all the proof you need:
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How to teach your kid a lesson he’ll never forget

Here at the Doctor and the Dad, we’re always giving parents tips for teaching stuff to their kids. But sometimes, children learn the most powerful lessons all by themselves.

Just ask our just-turned-two-year-old son.

castEarlier this week, mere days before his birthday, our fearless little Freddy pulled a naptime family first – he escaped from his crib.

We didn’t see it happen. But everybody in the house heard it. One great big thump, followed by lots (and lots) of crying.

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Playtime! Activity: Funny Faces

Think you always need flashcards, calculators and textbooks to teach stuff to your kid? Think again. As this fun activity shows you, all you really need are your faces!

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Who It’s For: Kids of all ages

What They’ll Learn: Empathy, social skills, acting chops

What You Need: You and your kid, the ability to move your facial muscles

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Playtime! Activity: “Ice, Ice, Baby” science experiment

Vanilla Ice was king of the suburban rap scene for a good three or four months back in middle school. But if you want to help your kids become fans of science for a lot longer than that, just get them to stop, collaborate and listen to this totally fun experiment!

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Who It’s For: Kids ages 3 and up

What They’ll Learn: The scientific method, states of matter, why they should listen to you when you tell them not to leave the freezer wide open for no good reason

What You Need: Three bowls, three ice cubes, a refrigerator

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Creative ways to communicate with kids

Communicating with your kids is super important. But it doesn’t always come easily. Check out this creative strategy one dad is taking to try to get through to his kids:

According to writer/director/leading dad Will Reid, this will be the “first in a series of instructional videos” for his kids.

That’s right.

Dude was so sick of his teenagers not listening to a single word he said, he had to post a freaking YouTube video just to get their attention.1

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  1. We noticed that this video also reveals where Will’s family weighs in on the Great Toilet Paper Debate, for those of you who are still keeping score. []

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Little kids + big words = total awesomeness

Kids are scary smart these days, aren’t they? The “exasperated” kid’s mom certainly knows what we’re talking about:

It seems like almost every time we turn around, one of our miniature megaminds is surprising us by saying some crazy big word – like “disintegrate” from our four-year-old, or “booger” from her little brother. (Most of the time, they even use the words accurately!)

And it’s not just words.

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What are some good brain-boosting indoor activities for kids?

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Today’s question is one we’ve all probably thought about a lot. (Or at least a little, like whenever the cable goes out.)

What are some good indoor activities for kids that can boost my little one’s brainpower more than just watching TV?
– Elyssa

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