Oh my! Well, we had a rough day the other day. My daughter had an off day of crying and disobedience. I’m not sure what went wrong, because she’s a pretty good kid most of the time. I was so frustrated with her by the end of the day; I really wanted to take away her elf, Josie. Perhaps Josie would just spend the day at the North Pole instead because of Mia’s bad behavior. But because my daughter is only four, my husband and I weren’t sure if she would fully understand, so I decided to give her a warning and wrote this Elf on the Shelf Bad Day Poem instead.
Yesterday was tough, you had a bad day!
I should have left, but decided to stay.
Please listen to Mommy and Daddy as well.
Be a good kid and your ELF will not tell.
Santa expects the best from us all.
Spread good acts of kindness, none are too small.
Next time this happens, I will not appear.
Today’s a fresh start. Understand me, my dear?
You can download the printable for free here: Elf on the Shelf Bad Day Poem
More Elf on the Shelf:
Elf on the Shelf First Day Idea – A cute poem and free printable for your elf’s arrival.
Ten Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas – From being chased by reindeer to building a fort with Christmas cards, these ten ideas are clever, but simple.
No Sew Elf on the Shelf Skirt – The Elf on the Shelf clothing you can buy at the store is so expensive. This is a quick and easy no sew tutorial for how to make an apron skirt for pennies.
The Elf on the Shelf Tradition – I wrote this after my daughter’s first year of Elf on the Shelf. This post includes a cute goodbye letter for the final night, including a special “baked” tray of mini gingerbread cookies.
Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas – This post shows the first night our elf showed up and nine other adorable ideas including a letter our elf wrote after a day of my daughter misbehaving.
Two Dozen Easy Elf on a Shelf Ideas – Two dozen ideas that are helpful, especially when you forget and need a quick move!
Elf on a Shelf Ideas – This is the first Elf on the Shelf post I ever wrote and includes 7 ideas incorporating my daughter’s toys and games.
Here is a video of some of my ideas. Enjoy!