Mum Installs Fake CCTV Camera To Get Kids To Behave Ahead Of Christmas
A mum has come up with an ingenious way of making her kids behave themselves during the festive period, having installed a fake CCTV camera in the front room and telling the family that Santa's watching.
We can all get a little bit carried away around Christmas, whether that involves a few too many bevs at the work do or falling out with our siblings over who gets to put the star on top of the tree.
But Delaney McGuire, 26, and her husband Tony have managed to find a 'budget friendly' way to get their children to behave during all the excitement, having installed a fake surveillance camera in the house.
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!"
Mum-of-four Delaney, who is the director of Kids R Kids Learning Academy, said her children instantly took to the challenge.
She said: "The kids immediately reacted with excitement and curiosity. They right away wanted to impress Santa, and started asking for things to do.
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"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."
After sharing a photo of the CCTV camera in action, the post soon went viral and has now racked up 74,000 likes and 123,000 shares.
Delaney said the reaction from other parents has been generally positive, saying: "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!"
Delaney continued: "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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