We are about three weeks away from Christmas and Tara's friend, Suzie the Elf on the Shelf has returned. Recently some people have been saying that the Shelf Elf could have a negative effect on our kids. WHAT!!!

It's supposed to be a fun thing for kids and hey, if it helps them behave during the Christmas season, that's an added bonus!

Here's what else is being said about our seasonal 'friend'.

Laura Pinto, a digital technology professor at the University of Ontario's Institute of Audio Technology, published a paper titled, 'Who's the Boss'. In it she talks about how 'Elf on the Shelf' could condition our kids to accept surveillance, much like the NSA.

She calls the elf "an external form of non-familial surveillance." Okay, if you're going to call my, I mean Tara's elf a name, at least use words that normal parents can understand.

She thinks that we're saying it's okay for other people to spy on you and you're not entitled to privacy. She also says it could condition children to accept the government acting that way too.

Hello, it's a little elf sitting on a shelf (and other places) not Big Brother. Pinto tries to clear it up by saying, "If you grow up thinking it's cool for the elves to watch me and report back to Santa, well, then it's cool for the NSA to watch me and report back to the government." WHAT!!!

I don't know about all that hubabaloo but I do know how much Tara looks forward to finding Suzie every morning. We enjoy having Suzie in our lives and I don't even mind when Suzie sneaks into my candy barn and helps herself to some of my candy. I probably don't need to eat all of it anyway.

Finally, this is what I say to Ms. Pinto is 'phttttttt' and Merry Christmas from Suzie, Tara and the rest our family.

What do you think?

[via Ontario's Institute of Recording Technology]