"When you ask me what I am doing today, and I say "nothing". It does not mean O am free. It means I am doing nothing". - This is a great quote! Instead of having to come up with a story of what I really am doing.
I don't need an Elf on a Shelf to motivate my kid to behave this time of year. I've got a Belt on a Shelf, and it's motivation the whole year through. This is very true here however we still do the elf just because it's fun and I love CHRISTMAS MAGIC!