A mom came up with a brilliant idea to make her kids behave during the festive period.
Delaney McGuire, 26, and her husband Tony installed a fake surveillance camera in the front room and told the kids that Santa is watching them.
Delaney, from Little Elm in Aubrey, Texas, told LADbible: “We were casually shopping at Five Below and came across fake cameras.
“My husband then thought of the idea to install them or – ‘Santa’ to install them – to keep an eye on them.
“My kids are great, but just have a hard time when it comes to chores. We were hoping for this to be a fun/creative way to drive them to do more.
“Elf on the Shelf just wasn’t for us, so we decided to think outside the box… and budget-friendly!”
“The kids immediately reacted with excitement and curiosity. They right away wanted to impress Santa, and started asking for things to do.
“I gave them a basket of laundry that needed folding and they got to it right away.
“They now fight about who is doing the most chores vs. who is getting the remote.”
She shared the photo of the CCTV camera in action and her post went viral garnering thousands of likes and shares.
The mom said: “When we posted this, we only intended it to be for our close friends and family to see.”
“Once it went viral we got to see lots of different opinions. Most of the comments were very positive and thought it was a great and clever idea!”
“I have been a childcare professional for more than 10 years now. I know how to redirect my children positively and show them how to be respectful and behave.”
“We used this tool for one area that most kids don’t like, which is cleaning.”
“We don’t feel guilty for it, we are just using a different and fun method of getting their chores done.”
“It may not work in three months, but for now we will take it!”
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