Texting Santa when your kids are misbehaving: naughty or nice?
One mom's Santa hack has gone viral, because it seems she is not the only parent whose kids need a reminder that the big guy is watching their every move this time of year.
Kristin Hensley, who is a host of the web series #IMOMSOHARD, simply changed her sister's name to Santa Claus in her phone. Then she voice-to-texted "Santa" when her kids misbehaved, asking him to adjust his gift plan accordingly.
Her kids, 5-year-old Finn and 3-year-old Eleanor, totally fell for it. "Santa is the single greatest piece of leverage parents have all year round," Hensley told The Huffington Post.
She also shared her parenting win on Facebook:
Many commenters to Hensley's post loved her idea, and admitted to trying it themselves. Um, I did too, to be honest. Last night my girls were quarreling, LOUDLY, and I added Santa as a contact in my phone with a fake 555-area code number. I wrote a text that said they weren't being good, and then showed them, and threatened to send it.
"NOOOO!" they all screamed. And soon, they were apologizing, and getting along. Go figure.
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Of course, some parents might say this is a mean tactic, something Hensley acknowledges. But like her, I'm of the belief that sometimes, we just gotta do what we gotta do to gain control of our kids! And if that means "updating Santa" on their behavior, then so be it!
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.